Stogie Kenyatta Performs His Acclaimed Broadway Style One-Man Show ‘The World is My Home-The Life & Times of Paul Robeson’Stogie Kenyatta brings a unique interpretation to the stage, where he majestically captures the essence of Paul Robeson. Portraying 10 characters he chronologically takes us thru the life of history’s 1ST Black Renaissance man & one of America’s most complex, brilliant citizens.(PRWEB) March 3, 2005 — Magnificently performed without intermission, with props, several wardrobe changes & an inspiring finger-snapping Jazz, Bebop, Gospel, Big band soundtrack. The play opens as Robeson’s father, a 15 year old runaway slave, rides the Underground Railroad to freedom. As laugh -out loud funny & entertaining as it is educational, Kenyatta ages from a 5 year old Paul, to the 70 yr old, world weary warrior that the blacklisted Robeson had become.

The show covers the Harlem Renaissance, with music from Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Johnny Hartman, Fats Waller, Cab Calloway & Robeson himself. As actor ages; he changes in front of the audience, from shirtless to full tuxedo. The wardrobe from slave outfits to Othello’s royal robe was meticulously designed by Designer Tuesday Conner. Kenyatta uses his stand up comedy skills, laughter, and satire, singing & brilliant storytelling to introduce us to the scholar, actor, singer, athlete, activist that was Robeson. Kenyatta’s portrayal reveals the sense of humor, charm, wit, romantic passion, & human frailties of a life filled with triumphant achievement & the tragedy of hopes unfulfilled. In the final scene, Robeson’s spine-tingling account of the horrors of captivity & the Middle-Passage; where sick women & children slaves were tossed into the sea, is so electrifyingly powerful, it gives you goose bumps. It’s the perfect ending to a riveting evening of theatre.

Paul Robeson’s life exemplified all the qualities that our society holds dear & all the courage & compassion that make America great. This son of a preacher man transcended race & nationality. His dream for a colorblind society was shaped by his belief that, if we accept the fatherhood of God; we must accept the brotherhood of man. He spoke out against the Holocaust, visited the Warsaw ghettos in Poland & co-founded the OAU (org. for African Unity) with WEB Dubois. Blacklisted by the H.U.A.C. hearings, he received numerous awards & a mountain in Moscow was named in his honor.

This show serves as a classy, cultural artistic centerpiece & complements any social agenda. Our objective is that the show will inspire an appreciation for diversity with its audience & guide them to a more noble life. The show is currently touring colleges, churches, art festivals, & special corporate events.

U.S. & International Appearances:

  • (Partial List)
  • Alabama A & M – 2 shows
  • Auburn Univ.
  • Austin Peay Univ.
  • Ball State
  • Bennett College
  • Bethel Univ – Tenn.
  • Bethune Cookman 2 Shows
  • Bristol Comm. College
  • Cal State East Bay
  • Cal State Northridge
  • Cal State L.A.
  • California Baptist
  • Cerritos College- 3 shows
  • Cheyney State
  • Christian Brothers Univ
  • Clara Mohammed School
  • Clarke Atlanta U
  • Cleveland H.S. The Village Nation
  • Colgate Univ.
  • Columbia Univ.
  • Delaware State U
  • Florida A & M
  • Florida Gulf Coast Univ.
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Florida Memorial U – 5 shows
  • Florida State College Jacksonville
  • Fresno State
  • Furman University
  • Hampton Univ.
  • Hawaii-Kona – 5 shows
  • Howard Univ. – 2 shows
  • Illinois College
  • Jackson State U
  • Johns Hopkins U
  • Lemoyne Owens College
  • Lincoln Univ.
  • Lincoln Univ. Missouri
  • Livingstone College
  • Loyola Marymount U
  • Maryland Eastern Shore – 3 shows
  • Miami Dade College
  • Morehouse College
  • Morgan State
  • New Orleans Conservatory of Arts
  • North Carolina State
  • Paul Robeson Freedom School – Bklyn, NY – 2 shows
  • Paul Robeson HS- Bklyn, NY
  • Paul Robeson PRAISE Academy- Baltimore
  • Penn State Univ Dubois
  • Rhodes College
  • Robeson Malcolm X Academy – Detroit
  • Rust College
  • Sacramento State U
  • San Francisco State
  • San Diego State
  • Santa Monica College- 2 shows
  • Seton Hall Univ.
  • Snow College
  • St. Augustine College
  • St. Thomas University
  • Steven F. Austin St. Univ
  • Tennessee State U – 2 Shows
  • Tenn. Chattanooga
  • Texas A & M
  • UCLA – 3 shows
  • Univ. of Alabama-Tuscaloosa
  • Univ. of Arkansas – Fayetteville – 2 Shows
  • Univ. of Central Florida
  • Univ. of Illinois- Champagne
  • Univ. of N. Carolina
  • Univ. of N. C. Central
  • Univ. of Memphis
  • Univ. of Minnesota
  • Univ. of Penn – E. Stroudsberg
  • Univ. of Penn – Edinboro
  • Univ. of Penn – Indiana
  • Univ. of Penn – Millersville
  • Univ. of Redlands – 2 shows
  • Univ. of S. Florida-St. Petersburg
  • Univ. of San Francisco
  • Univ. of Santa Cruz
  • U.S.C
  • Univ. of Virgin Islands –St. Thomas – 2 shows
  • Univ of Washington – Seattle
  • Univ. of West Florida
  • Univ. of West Indies- Barbados -3 shows
  • US Embassy – Cave Hills, Barbados
  • US Embassy – Nassau, Bahamas
  • Virgin Islnd Brd of Ed- St. Croix & St. Thomas- 5 shows
  • Washington State U
  • Westchester Univ.
  • West LA College
  • YALE Univ.

Theater Festivals, Corporate & Museums:

  1. Shakespeare in Paradise Festival-3 shows -Paradise Islnd, Bahamas
  2. Valley of the Sun-Juneteenth Show-Phoenix, Arizona
  3. Juneteenth Show-Kennedy Amphitheater- Tucson, Arizona
  4. Paul Robeson Theater – Bklyn, NY – 13 shows
  5. Eventide Arts Festival ( Cape Cod) – 3 shows
  6. U.S. Embassy – Cave Hill, Barbados
  7. Hollywood NAACP Solo Festival
  8. Miami Theater Festival. – 3 shows
  9. Museum of NYC – 4 shows
  10. National Civil Rights Museum-Memphis, Tenn.
  11. CDC-(Center for Disease Control) Black History Event- Atlanta
  12. Watts Labor Action Committee Museum. Los Angeles, Calif.
  13. Hudson Theater – Los Angeles – 3 Shows
  14. Calif. Afr. Am. Museum- 2 shows Los Angeles, CA
  15. Lucy Florence Cultural Center
  16. Multi-Media Arts Center – Bloomfield, NJ – 2 shows
  17. Los Angeles Theater Center – Dark Blue Mondays
  18. Santa Monica Playhouse – 30 show run
  19. Underground Railroad Museum – Belmont Mansion
  20. Fuller Craft Museum – Brockton, Mass.  2 shows
  21. African American Museum of Nassau County – L.I.
  22. Fort Greene Senior Council – Jazz 966
  23. National Black Educational Agenda-Chicago
  24. The Dred Scott Heritage Fndtn – St. Louis
  25. Academy Theater – Atlanta – 5 Shows
  26. Pittsburgh Comm. Empowerment Ass.
  27. Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival
  28. Berkeley Black Repertory – Berkeley Calif. 3 shows

Charities & Churches:

  1. Jamaican Cultural Alliance – S.Monica Plyhse
  2. LIFE C.O.G.I.C.- Riverside, Calif.
  3. Ass. of Conscious Blck Men- W. Angeles Church – L. A.
  4. St. Marks Episcopal – Bklyn, NY – 2 shows
  5. Omega Phi Psi Holiday Benefit – Hampton, VA
  6. Parents as Partners Educational Benefit -Los Angeles
  7. Calgary Baptist Church- Salt Lake City, Utah
  8. 2nd Baptist Church- Ogden, Utah
  9. Indaba Theater Co. – Messiah Baptist – Mass.
  10. Brown vs Brd of Education – Topeka, Kansas
  11. Friends of Yates – Kansas City
  12. Richard Allen Theatre Grp – Pasadena