Daniel Beaty's THE TALLEST TREE IN THE FOREST Begins Tonight at Mark Taper Forum

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Daniel Beaty's THE TALLEST TREE IN THE FOREST Begins Tonight at Mark Taper Forum

"The Tallest Tree in the Forest", A Play with Music, written and performed by Daniel Beaty will be directed by Moisés Kaufman in a World Premiere production at Center Theatre Group's Mark Taper Forum. Previews begin tonight, April 12 for an April 19th opening. The show continues through May 25, 2014.

Obie Award-winning writer and performer Daniel Beaty chronicles Paul Robeson's remarkable life as an artist and political activist in an unforgettable theatrical biography, "The Tallest Tree in the Forest." Beaty embodies not only Robeson but also dozens of the international personalities who crossed Robeson's path. Beaty fills the theatre with the words, songs and dreams of a man who achieved so much as an All-American linebacker, valedictorian, Columbia Law School graduate and finally an internationally renowned star of stage and screen, and then he risked it all as a civil rights activist.

The show will run in previews Saturday, April 12 through Friday, April 18 at 8 p.m. (No performance on Monday, April 14.) Opens Saturday, April 19 at 8 p.m. Regular Performances (April 20 - May 25, 2014): Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Exceptions: No 8 p.m. performances Friday, April 25, Saturday, May 3 and Friday May 16; No 6:30 performance Sunday, May 11; No public performances on Tuesday, May 13 and Wednesday, May 14 (student performances only). No 1 p.m. performance on Sunday, May 25.

Ticket Prices: $20 - $70 (Ticket prices are subject to change.) Tickets are available by calling Center Theatre Group Audience Services at (213) 628-2772, in person at the Center Theatre Group box office or online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org. Hot Tix: $20 each may be purchased in advance or, subject to availability, on the day of performance at the box office (no checks). Groups: (213) 972-7231. Deaf community: Information & charge, TDD (213) 680-4017.

All performances run at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.

Pictured: Daniel Beaty in "The Tallest Tree in the Forest." Photo by Don Ipock.

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