Ruben Santiago-Hudson

“Enthralls…Ruben Santiago-Hudson takes us back to his beginnings with a blues-infused portrait. Harmonica in hand and accompanied by Chris Thomas King on guitar, he conjures multitudes with his rich memory and malleable voice.” —Los Angeles Times on Lackawanna Blues at the Mark Taper Forum      

A magical, musical, and deeply personal work written and performed 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 with live blues music by composer Bill Sims Jr., performed by Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist, composer, and actor Chris Thomas King.