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GC Theatre: “The Tricky Part” and “Paul Robeson,” Oct. 18-21
October 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
An event every day that begins at 7:30pm, repeating until October 20, 2018
One event on October 20, 2018 at 2:00pm
One event on October 21, 2018 at 2:00pm
“The Tricky Part,” by Martin Moran, and “Paul Robeson,” by Phillip Hayes Dean, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 18-20, and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 20-21, in the Annie Sellars Jordan Parlor Theatre in Main Building. All tickets $10; reserve tickets by calling 336-272-7102, ext. 5242, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Free to students, faculty and staff with Pride Card.
“The Tricky Part,” a true story of sexuality, spirituality and the mystery of human experience, is one of the most heralded one-man plays in recent memory. Between the ages of 12 and 15, the author had a sexual relationship with an older man. Now 42 and an established New York actor, he has transformed his story into a riveting, often funny and always surprising journey through the complexities of Catholicism, desire and human trespass. The New York premiere received a 2004 Obie award and two Drama Desk nominations including Outstanding Play.
“A translucent memoir of a play…shattering.” —New York Times.
“Robeson” is a powerful chronicle of the life of Paul Robeson, taking us from his childhood in New Jersey to his adult life around the world. An All-American athlete and a lawyer with Columbia Law School credentials, Robeson faces the racism prevalent in society in the early part of the 20th He strives to rise above, and it is his triumph in that struggle that turns Robeson into a modern-day hero. Realizing the racist system would not allow him to practice as a lawyer, Robeson turns to singing, something he had learned well in the church choir. His singing leads to acting, and his acting, with all the accolades due a master, leads him around the world. But every place he visits he sees the strains of racism in its many forms. The more he sees, the more he speaks out, using the his influence and stature to try to enlighten those around him. After some time in Europe, he returns to the United States to perform and speak out about the injustices in the country he loves. Confronting racism again, he sticks to his values, adhering to no party line, but is accused of being a Communist, an agitator and much more. He is blacklisted and his passport is revoked, but he goes on speaking out whenever he can. For eight years he fights to clear his name. Finally, the social climate begins to change and towards the end of his life, Robeson’s passport is reinstated along with some of the glory and respect he earned along the way. There is still far to go, but Paul Robeson remains a beacon to those struggling to make this world a better place. This play is a powerful look at the many facets of Robeson the man, as well as Robeson the star. It is a tour-de-force for any actor.