- By Deborah Behrens
- Photo By Benedict Evans
Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson brings more than 20 colorful characters to life at the Mark Taper Forum in a highly personal tale of his 1950s boarding house upbringing in the prosperous mill town of Lackawanna, New York along the banks of Lake Erie. Written, performed and directed by Santiago-Hudson, this solo work pays homage to Rachel “Nanny” Crosby who ran the establishment and raised young Ruben from infancy due to unavailable parents. First performed at The Public Theatre in 2001, the piece later became a highly honored 2005 HBO movie earning a Golden Globe, SAG and Emmy Award for S. Epatha Merkerson as Nanny and a Humanitas Award for writing.
Besides being a multi-hyphenate theatre artist, Santiago-Hudson is also well known to television audiences for his roles on such shows as Billions, The Quad, Public Morals and Castle among many others. In Lackawanna Blues, he deftly re-creates the eccentric world of his youth via shape-shifting impersonation, songs and music accompanied on-stage by Grammy-winning blues guitarist, composer and actor Chris Thomas King.
“Delivering anecdotes and testimonials from Miss Rachel’s boarders and friends…he passes from one identity to the next so fluidly that you barely notice the flip of the switch.” – New York Times
Plays March 5 – April 21. For more information, click here.