|The World Is My Home - The Life Of Paul Robeson|
by Willard Manus
Paul Robeson was one of the most important figures of the 20th century.
Actor, singer, scholar, activist, he dominated his era and redefined the black male image. He enjoyed great success until the McCarthy era, when America turned on him for his leftist politics. The government not only feared him but hounded and blacklisted him, making it impossible for him to make a living.
dramatizes these aspects of Robesons life in his stirring one-man
play, THE WORLD IS MY HOME. The actor has been performing the play for
many years in theaters and schools, making the bookings on his own, taking
the production not just to venues in the USA but the Caribbean and South
America as well. Now, as a way of keeping the show alive in the midst
of the pandemic, Kenyatta is streaming a video of his performance over
showclix.com (in collaboration with theaters like the Santa Monica Playhouse).
delves into the key aspects of Robesons life: the influence of his
father, a freed slave turned pastor, had on him; attending Rutgers University
(where he was not only an All American football player but Phi Beta Kappa);
meeting and marrying his wife, Eslanda; his triumph in shows like Othello
and Showboat; becoming the most popular, highest-paid concert
singer in the world.