Bahamas: Making theatre accessible to all

WITH the goal of making theatre accessible to all, the US Embassy Nassau will sponsor a discounted theatre night in collaboration with the second annual Shakespeare in Paradise festival. Thanks to the embassy’s support, tickets for the opening night performance of The World is My Home – The Life of Paul Robeson are now available for the discounted price of $5 – versus the normal ticket price of $25.

The World is My Home – The Life of Paul Robeson is written and performed by actor/writer/comedian Stogie Kenyatta, who was classically trained at the Afro American Studio in Harlem, the Henry Street Settlement and Al Fann Theatrical Ensemble. The critically acclaimed Broadway style show will have three performances at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas from October 4-6 as a part of Shakespeare in Paradise which is an affiliate of CariFringe, an annual ten-day regional arts festival for the Caribbean.

Stogie Kenyatta says that the show is part of his personal quest to educate a younger generation about Paul Robeson, an actor, athlete, singer, human rights activist and world citizen.

The play is a tribute to the legacy of a tortured genius who was ahead of his time,” Mr Kenyatta said. “He lived several lives filled with triumph and tragedy as he fought for the liberation of Africa and social justice for all.

Paul Robeson was the son of a preacher who transcended race and dreamed for a colorblind society. He spoke out against the Holocaust, visited Warsaw ghettos in Poland and co-founded the Organisation for African Unity with WEB Dubois.”

The second annual Shakespeare in Paradise festival will be held in Nassau from October 1-11.

Tickets for the discounted US Embassy Night performances of ‘The World is My Home -The Life of Paul Robeson’ are available at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts.

For the original report go to http://www.tribune242.com/news/09252010_Shakespeare-in-Paradise_pg6

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