The Tallest Tree in the Forest
A Play with Music
Written and Performed by Daniel Beaty
Directed by Moisés Kaufman
“I am the third Negro ever to attend Rutgers University. And the way these white students are staring at me, I instantly wonder if the other two made it out alive.” —Paul Robeson in The Tallest Tree in the Forest
Paul Robeson was born the son of a runaway slave and died “the most well known black man in the world.” Obie Award-winning writer and performer Daniel Beaty chronicles his remarkable life in a theatrical biography.
Daniel Beaty embodies not only Robeson but also dozens of the international personalities who crossed Robeson’s path. Beaty fills the theatre with the words, songs and dreams of a man who achieved so much as an All-American linebacker, valedictorian, Columbia Law School graduate and finally an internationally renowned star of stage and screen, and then he risked it all as a civil rights activist.
Daniel Beaty is an award-winning actor, singer, writer and motivational speaker. His critically acclaimed plays “Through the Night,” “Emergency” and “Mr. Joy” have been performed at venues ranging from Lincoln Center to the White House, and garnered numerous awards including an Obie Award for writing and performance and two NAACP Theatre Awards.
Music Director/Incidental Music & Arrangements: Kenny J. Seymour
Set Designer: Derek McLane
Costume Designer: Clint Ramos
Lighting Designer: David Lander
Sound Designer: Lindsay Jones
Projection Designer: John Narun
Dramaturg: Carlyn Aquiline
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