Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Lackawanna Blues (2019) 

Chris Thomas King (background) and Ruben Santiago-Hudson in the Center Theatre Group production of “Lackawanna Blues.”

Ruben is one of the great theatre artists of our time, and this beautiful autobiographical performance is full of humor, insight, and compassion—and, if that’s not enough, it’s totally embedded in love.

 

Center Theatre Group

All Uses © 2019 Craig Schwartz

Photo by Craig Schwartz.
All Uses © 2019 Craig Schwartz

Photo by Craig Schwartz. All Uses © 2019 Craig Schwartz

“It’s uncanny; it lives so strong in so many people’s hearts and minds.” —Ruben Santiago-Hudson on reviving his play “Lackawanna Blues” for the first time in over 15 years following runs across the country and a film adaptation by HBO    

 

https://www.centertheatregroup.org/news-and-blogs/news/2019/february/the-many-lives-of-lackawanna-blues/?fbclid=IwAR18SlAYstH9oteF0ZdDBSqmSE6aSzfDZOvYXqeguSM2GhneKaJATAWSgrY

LACKAWANNA BLUES Begins Rehearsals at the Taper
by BWW News Desk Feb. 11, 2019

Acclaimed theatre artist Ruben Santiago-Hudson has begun rehearsals for his powerful and touching solo play”Lackawanna Blues,” which will play at the Mark Taper Forum March 5 through April 21 with the opening set for March 13 at 8 p.m.Produced by Center Theatre Group, “Lackawanna Blues” is written, performed and directed by Santiago-Hudson with live music performed by Grammy-winning blues guitarist, composer and actor Chris Thomas King (who will be replacing formerly announced Bill Sims Jr.).
Original music for the production is composed by Bill Sims Jr. with additional music composed by King. The design team includes scenic designer Michael Carnahan, costume designer Karen Perry, lighting designer Jen Schriever, and sound designer Philip G. Allen. The production stage manager is David S. Franklin.
A magical, musical and deeply personal work by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, “Lackawanna Blues” is a reminiscence of his 1950s childhood in a small town on the banks of Lake Erie. Santiago-Hudson takes on more than 20 colorful characters-from would-be philosophers and petty hustlers to lost souls and abandoned lovers-in a brilliant celebration of the eccentric boardinghouse he grew up in. Santiago-Hudson returns to his roots in this tour de force performance accompanied throughout by live blues music.
Tickets are available online at CenterTheatreGroup.org, by calling Audience Services at (213) 628-2772 or in person at the Center Theatre Group Box Office (at the Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles). Tickets range from $30 – $109 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Mark Taper Forum is located at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.
Photo by Benedict Evans

A master class in storytelling—Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s “Lakawanna Blues” starts performances at the Mark Taper Forum on Tuesday. I was at the invited dress rehearsal on Sunday night with my friend Donovan Mitchell—there’s so much beauty, power, and virtuosity in Ruben’s performance, which includes original music composed by the late great Bill Sims and also Chris Thomas King, who’s on stage with Ruben throughout the performance.

All Uses © 2019 Craig Schwartz

All Uses © 2019 Craig Schwartz

 

BWW Interview: Renaissance Man Ruben Santiago-Hudson From LACKAWANNA To Broadway, HBO & Back

https://www.broadwayworld.com/los-angeles/article/BWW-Interview-Renaissance-Man-Ruben-Santiago-Hudson-From-LACKAWANNA-To-Broadway-HBO-Back-20190306?fbclid=IwAR0WBNo2x7qqSnzCwE_MzSEDsABpxaXxkPQ8lng263yZJrIiQgv2w_y9Nuc

 

WRITTEN, PERFORMED, AND DIRECTED BY Ruben Santiago-Hudson

MUSIC PERFORMED BY Chris Thomas King

ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSED BY Bill Sims Jr.

ADDITIONAL MUSIC COMPOSED BY Chris Thomas King

SCENIC DESIGN Michael Carnahan

COSTUME DESIGN Karen Perry

LIGHTING DESIGN Jen Schriever

SOUND DESIGN Philip G. Allen

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