Performances begin tonight, March 5, for Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s powerful and touching solo play Lackawanna Blues at the Mark Taper Forum. Produced by Center Theatre Group, “Lackawanna Blues” is written, performed and directed by Santiago-Hudson.
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 boarding house he grew up in. Santiago-Hudson returns to his roots in this tour de force performance accompanied throughout by live blues music. Original music for the production is composed by Bill Sims Jr. with additional music composed by Grammy winning Blues guitarist Chris Thomas King.