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The Tallest Tree in the Forest

JAN 10 – FEB 16, 2014

By Daniel Beaty

Directed by Moisés Kaufman
The Kansas City Repertory Theatre / La Jolla Playhouse Production
in association with Tectonic Theater Project

in the Kreeger Theater

World Premiere Presentation

Bursting with poetic storytelling and 14 songs, including “Ol’ Man River,” and “Happy Days Are Here Again,” The Tallest Tree in the Forest combines the talents of award-winning solo-artist Daniel Beaty (Emergence-See!) with acclaimed director, Moisés Kaufman (33 Variations, The Laramie Project). Discover the true story of Paul Robeson, hailed as the ‘best-known black man in the world’ for his incomparable singing and acting, brought low by accusations of disloyalty to America. Beaty brings “his signature wit, grit and piercing lyricism” (New York Times) to more than 40 characters, asking the question, how does a man remain an artist when his soul cries out to be an activist?

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Daniel Beaty Moisés Kaufman Daniel Beaty. Photo by Don Ipock

Magnetic … Beaty gives this panorama his all …
his clarity is a blessing. As a writer, his instincts are sure.”– The Washington Post

A powerful performance … Watching these personalities
collide is what makes the piece fascinating.”– Broadway World

5 stars … Beaty plays the role masterfully.”– DC Metro Theater Arts

Impressive … Beaty deserves every standing ovation he's bound to receive.
You haven't seen anything like it.”– DC Theatre Scene

“Beaty gives a powerful, passionate performance … [He] pulls off multiple characterizations with considerable comic and dramatic impact.”– ShowBiz Radio

“Beaty brings the whole theatrical package … a magnificent voice.
Director Moisés Kaufman and his production team have done a
wonderful job supporting Beaty and his work.”– MD Theatre Guide

Mesmerizing.– Woman Around Town

The Tallest Tree in the Forest runs approximately 2 hours, including one intermission.

The Tallest Tree in the Forest

“Beaty's resonant singing voice also lights up the show's 14 songs.” – U-T San Diego