Stogie Kenyatta, a Jamaican born and Brooklyn bred actor and comedian, will be performing his original Paul Robeson One Man Show Tuesday, January 14 and Wednesday, January 15 at Southern Utah University’s Sterling Church Auditorium located within the Sharwan Smith Student Center. Both shows are free and open to the public.
The performance covers the entire life of civil rights activist Paul Robeson beginning from age 5 to 77, and is a display of the heroism and talent of Robeson, who lived from 1898 to 1977. This athlete, scholar, actor and advocate rose to prominence in a time when segregation was legal in the U.S. and black rights were severely unequal.
Stogie Kenyatta’s performance follows Robeson’s life as an all-star athlete at Rutgers University to a student at Columbia Law School and then his travels abroad as a singer and actor. With no intermission and Kenyatta executing all changes on stage, this is a Broadway-style performance that can’t be missed.
Courtney Thomas, a freshmen athletic training SUU student and niece of Kenyatta, said of her uncle’s performance, “He has such incredible acting skills and the underlying message of the entire show is great, which makes the performance very entertaining.”
Now being performed in eight countries within the last 12 years, from the West Indies to Jamaica, the Paul Robeson One Man Show is an emotionally riveting production helping, as stated by Kenyatta, foster a spirit of compassion in all people that was perpetuated by Robeson.
Said Kenyatta of his performance, “Paul Robeson traveled the world, persuading all to accept all men, no matter his skin color. He left behind a legacy that needs to be preserved and shared. This one man show does that in a very entertaining manner.”
Both shows are free to students and the public, beginning each night at 7 p.m. at SUU’s Sterling Church Auditorium located within the Sharwan Smith Student Center.