Call Mr. Robeson, A life with Song


Written and Performed by Tayo Aluko
November 12 - 15
CSC Fringe Festival
EDITH KUTZ THEATER of the Lackland Center

"Aluko is a force of nature. Never less than utterly believable” (5 stars) British Theatre Guide

A thrilling, moving and marvelously entertaining musical drama… totally soulful and convincing” Latest 7 Magazine


Paul Robeson is a great and famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner.

This rollercoaster journey through actor/singer Paul Robeson’s remarkable life highlights his pioneering and heroic political activism as well as his music.  It features Ol’ Man River and other famous songs, much fiery oratory, and a defiant testimony to the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Written and performed by Nigerian-born, UK-based playwright and singer Tayo Aluko with piano accompaniment by New York pianist Dennis Nelson, Call Mr. Robeson was chosen by the UK Guardian’s theatre as his top pick for things to see in London January 2011.  The play received a standing ovation at New York’s Carnegie Hall February 2012 and was staged in London’s West End October 2013.  It has sold out several theatres internationally, including all seventeen performances of a 2015 tour of New Zealand and Australia.  

Call Mr. Robeson enjoyed a 4-week residency at the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden, October 2013 where BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends presenter Clive Anderson saw it and later described it as one of the most memorable plays of the year.

Call Mr. Robeson has won numerous awards against international competition including Best Musical Performance at the Atlantic Fringe in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, August 2013, Best Solo Show at the Stratford-upon-Avon Fringe, June 2013 and the Argus Angel Award for Artistic Excellence and the Best Male Performer Award at the Brighton Fringe, May 2008.

Winner, Best Musical Performance, Atlantic Fringe, Halifax, Nova Scotia, September 2013

Winner, Best Solo Show, Stratford-upon-Avon Fringe, June 2013

Triple Winner (Impresario Award, Best Actor, Best Original Work) London Fringe, Canada, June 2012

Double Winner (Playwright & Performer), Ogeyinka Merit Awards for Excellence, London, October 2010

Winner, Angel Award for Artistic Excellence & Best Male Performer, Brighton Festival Fringe, May 2008




Performance Times:
Thurs. 7:30pm; Fri. & Sat. 8pm; Sun. 2pm
EDITH KUTZ THEATER of the Lackland Center

Ticket Pricing

  Adult   Children -12


$22.50  $15.00


$25.00 $25.00

*Thursday Family Night:  $22.50 ALL SEATS (2 for 1 Rush Ticket Special when purchase at door 2 hours prior)