Latest Paul Robeson Stories

2008-09-19 15:00:33

By Sally Hogarty ONSTAGE THEATRE in Pleasant Hill begins its 31st season with Mark Dunn's "Helen's Most Favorite Day." The romantic comedy takes place at a small town's summer carnival, where Helen meets and falls in love with a carnie worker who saved her and her sister from disaster on top of the Ferris wheel many years before. A magic wish dooms Helen to repeat the best day of her life forever unless she can be rescued by those nearest and dearest to her. Directed by Helen Means, the...

2008-09-17 06:00:27

By Pat Craig Hearing Paul Robeson's son's voice over the telephone immediately conjures memories of the legendary singer and actor. The voice is deep, rich and resonant, little like an 81-year-old man whose health prevents him from coming to Danville on Thursday to receive the Eugene O'Neill Foundation's Tao House Award on behalf of his late father. "I was very pleased; pleased for my father, it's great honor for his legacy," said Paul Robeson Jr. on the phone from his home in New York....

2008-09-12 06:00:26

By Margot Abbott VALLEY TIMES THE NINTH ANNUAL Eugene O'Neill Festival begins Thursday, Sept. 18. Last week I talked at length about this year's honoree, the late actor Paul Robeson, but didn't give you proper information about the festival. It opens at the Village Theatre, 233 Front St., with a posthumous presentation of the Tao House Award to Robeson. There will be a video presentation and a musical performance by baritone Lawrence Beaten. Beaten, who claims Robeson was a major...

2008-07-26 21:00:25

By Christine Dolen, The Miami Herald Jul. 26--Just as the XXIII International Hispanic Theatre Festival winds up its three-week run, another theater festival -- shorter, but more geographically expansive -- is about to begin. The biennial Urban Theatre & Entertainment Festival and Awards begins Tuesday at 8 p.m. with a glitzy celebrity gala featuring Tony Award winner Melba Moore and television veteran JoMarie Payton as hosts. Between its beginning and its end on Friday, this second...

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