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Library hosts East Lynne Company performance Of “Paul Robeson Through His Words and Music”
Press Release October 6, 2000

The Newark Public Library will present Paul Robeson Through His Words and Music on Thursday, October 26, beginning 7pm in Centennial Hall of the main library, 5 Washington Street. This free program is in celebration of “Humanities Festival Week” in New Jersey. It is funded in part by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

The performance by the East Lynne Company is an interweaving of two dozen songs that have been sung by Paul Robeson (i.e., “The House I Live In,” “Ol’ Man River”) and includes a narrative of his life as an actor, singer, activist and humanitarian. The program will present the story of the son of a former slave who becomes one of the most popular performers of his day—and of an American whose government was so fearful of his beliefs in individual equality that the FBI seized his passport. Written by actress/playwright Gayle Stahlhuth, the program will feature Derrick McQueen singing, George Mesterhazy on the piano, and narration delivered by Ms. Stahlhuth, who also is directing this event. There will be a post-performance discussion on the multifaceted career of Robeson, including how Robeson used his role as an entertainer to affect public policy.

The East Lynne Company, an Equity professional not-for-profit company, was founded by Warren Kliewer in 1980. It revives plays of the American heritage and has expanded its mission to include adaptations of works by and about early American literary figures.

For more information, patrons may call The Newark Public Library at (973) 733-7793, or visit the library’s home page: www.npl.org.

 

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