The World Is My Home – The Life of Paul Robeson

Shakespeare in Paradise is pleased to announce the final production for this year’s festival!

The World is my Home – The Life of Paul Robeson, written and performed by Actor/Writer/Comedian Stogie Amir Kenyatta is a critically acclaimed One Man Broadway style show that will have three performances at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.

Jamaican born and Brooklyn bred Stogie Kenyatta was classically trained at the Afro American Studio in Harlem, the Henry St. Settlement and Al Fann Theatrical Ensemble.  He was a finalist in the New York State Theatre competition with Artistic Director, John Houseman. An avid athlete, Stogie excelled in basketball, football, swimming and martial arts.

He went west to 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 and Film acting.

In the coming years he amassed over 25 television credits from sitcoms, film to soap operas.  Stogie has tremendous range as an actor; a character actor with leading man looks, he has authentic Jamaican and African dialects.

In 1994 Stogie took to the stage as a stand-up comedian and in a few years, he was performing at comedy clubs around the US.  His comedy is clean, and has been described as witty, sarcastic and charming with a Caribbean flair. He has co–headlined a USO comedy tour in Tokyo, Japan and Okinawa.  He has appeared on the Gulf of Mexico, the south of France, and London, England as well as several Caribbean Islands.

Stogie has written seven screenplays, some of which were optioned, as well as writing and performing the acclaimed one man show:

The World Is My Home – The Life of Paul Robeson

This play has been performed at over 150 universities, The Museum of NYC, and the University of the West Indies for the US Embassy in Barbados. It was the first show to appear at the National Civil Rights Museum and he was hired by the Board of Education of the U.S. Virgin Islands to do a series of shows in St. Thomas and St. Croix. This show has become the number one show on the American college scene.

Kenyatta states that this is the most challenging performance of his career and the piece of work of which he is most proud.

It is his personal quest to educate this generation and the world about Paul Robeson, a talented, intellectually gifted, actor, athlete, singer, human rights activist and world citizen.

The play is a tribute to the legacy of this tortured genius who was so ahead of his time he lived several lives; filled with triumph and tragedy as he fought for the liberation of Africa and social justice for all. More information can be found on the show’s website.

The World Is My Home – The Life of Paul Robeson completes the list of productions in this fully packed and exciting 2010 festival. The other works being featured this year are A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Woman Take Two, God’s Trombones, Dat Bahamian Ting, One Flesh, Horn of Plenty – featuring Indio and Derek Burrows – Storyteller and Musician.

We have also incorporated a Play Reading Series that will take place at the Chapter One Bookstore on the campus of the College of The Bahamas, and from October 4th through October 8th, our internationally acclaimed storyteller, Derek Burrows, will be performing at some of our local Primary Schools.

We will be releasing a full schedule of events very soon with information on advance ticket sales along with discount and season ticket information.

Shakespeare in Paradise will take place at various venues throughout New Providence October 1-11, 2010.

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