The World is My Home: The Life of Paul Robeson



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Sat Jun 29, 8:00pm
Sun Jun 30, 7:00pm

Actor/Playwright Stogie Kenyatta returns to Santa Monica Playhouse with his acclaimed one-man show about the life of Actor/Activist Paul Robeson. For the past 15 years - from its first performance at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis –Kenyatta has been performing his acclaimed NAACP award-winning show, The World Is My Home – The Life of Paul Robeson around the country, becoming the number one touring one man show in the United States, the Caribbean & Central America. It is the most requested multi- cultural educational show on the American & Caribbean Educational Circuit and the favorite on the topics of diversity, compassion, African pride, social justice and the music of the Harlem Renaissance.

Kenyatta says that The World Is My Home is the most challenging performance of his career and the work of which he is most proud. It's a "Turn-of-the-Century Love Story" about the triumphs and tragedy of this African American Activist and Entertainer, Paul Robeson, told with music, comedy, passion and heartfelt emotion that covers everything from his close friendship with Albert Einstein, his affection for the Jewish people, the Holocaust, Jim Crow Laws, the Harlem Renaissance with music from Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Louie Armstrong, Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, Harry Belafonte & Robeson himself, and, his complex 44 year marriage to Eslanda and America's amazing, yet painful history. 

Classically trained at the Afro American Studio in Harlem, the Henry St. Settlement and Al Fann Theatrical Ensemble, Jamaican born and Brooklyn bred Stogie Kenyatta was a finalist in the New York State Theatre competition with Artistic Director, John Houseman, then came west for college where he studied screenwriting and political science at the University of California and later privately with Ivan Markota at the Van Mar Academy for Television & Film acting. His TV credits cover everything from sitcoms and film to soap operas, from Bernie Mac and Jake and the Fat Man to HBO's Tyson (Co-star) to The Bold and The Beautiful. As a stand-up comedian, he has performed at comedy clubs around the country, on the Gulf of Mexico, the south of France, and London, several Caribbean Islands and co-headlined a USO comedy tour in Tokyo, and Okinawa. As a writer he has written seven screenplays, several of which have been optioned. The best known is his one man show; The World Is My Home – The Life of Paul Robeson. When not on tour, he can be found performing the show for Los Angeles audiences at his home theatre, the internationally-acclaimed Santa Monica Playhouse.

Tickets are $30, and reservations are required. Purchase them on line at or call 310-394-9779 x1

Santa Monica Playhouse is at 1211 4th Street in the heart of downtown Santa Monica and is accessible by all major bus lines and the metro expo line. There is convenient parking directly across the street in city lot #1

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