-Bennet Guillory, Producing Artistic Director
In 1996, The Robey Theatre Company, undertook its first production, Patrick Sheane Duncan’s, Souls On Fire, a play that sought to shine a light and create discussion around the Rodney King Riots of 1992. The play was selected as The Robey Theatre Company’s first production because the subject and core message resonated with the ideals of the budding theatre company.
This play has a social conscience, it is current, it is about a very important issue. It is something that will make a difference and make people think. That’s what the Robey Theatre Company is about, as well as giving people a place to act
LA Times, April 28, 1996
Patrick Sheane Duncan, who’d just written the critically acclaimed Mr. Holland’s Opus garnered some doubt as to whether or not he could capture the emotion and tension of the Rodey King Riots. Danny Glover, when asked if Patrick was the right voice replied,
It was a wonderful piece of work, that’s all that mattered. We assessed its validity in terms of the issue, by its attempt to bring us the voices out there. It wasn’t about a ‘black writer’ or a ‘Latino writer.’ . . . We often get into that, and we move to the wrong place. The possibilities reside in all of us–you can’t limit it to one race. That’s a problem in this country: We say that the possibilities don’t lie in all of us.
LA Times, April 28, 1996
The play was mounted at the Met Theatre and ran May 3rd to June 16th with two preview performances on May 1st and 2nd.
Oscar Arguello (Book), Jon Clair (Chick), Steve Hartley (Riley), Christian Keiber (MacLaughlin), Bernie Martinez (Z-Win), Skye McKenzie (Charles John Harvey), Trent Miller (Book), Pedro Pano (AKA), Jeris Lee Poindexter (Lenny), Sam Scarber (Miles), M. Darnell Suttles (Short Stack), Charo Toledo (Benita), Breck White (Dutch Boy), Ping Wu (Huong)
Set design, Thomas A. Brown; lighting design, Marianne Schneller; sound design, Charles Dayton; costume design, Iona MarshallRead More
Thank you for your tremendous contributions through your works and your life, we honor you.Read More
Thank you to the actors, playwrights, directors, production team, Robey staff, volunteers, but most importantly YOU, our audience! The Robey Theatre Company thanks our audience for supporting the 1st Inaugural Paul Robeson Theatre Festival and for your continued support the past 20 years!Read More
Acclaimed blues singer MARY BRIDGET DAVIES–nominated for a Tony® this year in the “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical” category for her Broadway lead in “A Night With Janis Joplin”–will return to The Pasadena Playhouse for four nights July 17-20. She first wowed Pasadena, CA crowds in 2013 with the Janis Joplin role, marking The Playhouse’s highest-grossing production in its history.
The new show, dubbed PLAYHOUSE ROCKS! with Tony® Nominee Powerhouse MARY BRIDGET DAVIES, will incorporate Janis Joplin and Big Brother & The Holding Company hits, blues, rock and soul songs as well as music from some Ms. Davies’ other favorite artists like Etta James, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix, The Band and Amy Winehouse. The show–being curated by iconic MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer, and featuring The Doors’ guitarist Robby Krieger—will also have several surprise guest star appearances including Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Eric Gardner (Gnarls Barkley), Bob Mothersbaugh (Devo) and Carl Restivo (Tom Morello’s Freedom Fighter Orchestra); for specific guest dates, continue to check out PasadenaPlayhouse.org.Read More
Simply enter the special discount code “earlyfest” to receive a 5% discount from your 1st Annual Paul Robeson Theatre Festival tickets!*
*Only available through Ovation Tix online purchases.Read More
July 18 – July 19
Please join us for the 1st Annual Paul Robeson Theatre Festival. Opening night features a reception followed by a reading of “Paul Robeson in Berlin” by Robert Coles and Bartley McSwine. Saturday afternoon consists of 16 short one act plays by both emerging and established playwrights, all inspired by Robeson’s principles, dignity, and intelligence. Each play reminds us of the extraordinary scholarship, talents, suffering, and triumphs in one man’s lifetime which forged the legacy we know as Paul Robeson. His fight for social justice and human rights is the making of dramatic tension, joy, and celebration. The festival serves not just as homage to Robeson, but also to give artists at various levels opportunity to display and cultivate thier talents. Attendees will leave inspired by Paul’s legacy.
Friday, July 18, 2014:
Doors open at 6pm
Reception at 7pm
Reading at 8pm
Saturday, July 19, 2014:
12pm – 6pm – One Act Plays
The Downtown LATC
514 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA. 90013
Reception in the Main Lobby and plays are in Theatre #1
Friday, July 18 – $25
Saturday, July 19 – $35
Festival Pass (Friday and Saturday) – $50
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