“A Conversation” With Empire Star Trai Byers
Kicks Off Robeson Theatre’s 50th Anniversary Season!
The Paul Robeson Theatre will kick off their 50th Anniversary Season on Friday, September 15 at 7:45 p.m. with “A Conversation With Television And Film Actor, Trai Byers of Fox TV’s Empire" Host and Moderator for the evening will be SUNY Buffalo State College Professor Aaron Moss. A question and answer and reception will close out the evening. Tickets are $50 to coincide with the 50th Anniversary Season.
Mr. Byers has guest starred in the hit soap opera, All My Children, followed by the seminal teen hit 90210. On the big screen, Mr. Byers appeared opposite David Oyelowo in the historic, Oscar nominated film, Selma also starring Oprah Winfrey. Currently he stars opposite Golden Globe winning actress Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, Tony award winner Phylicia Rashad, and Gabourey Sidibe in the cultural phenomenon, Empire, which has been ranked as one of the most watched television series in history. He will share his experiences and expertise with the community during the “Conversation.”
-Season Opening- The first production of the Paul Robeson Theatre Anniversary Season is "Blood at the Root" written by Dominique Morisseau and Directed by Aaron Moss. It is a coproduction with the Theater Department at SUNY Buffalo State College. "Blood at the Root" opens Sept. 27 – Oct. 7 at Buffalo State College and will run Oct. 13 – Oct. 29 at the Paul Robeson Theatre inside the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Avenue. "Blood at the Root "is striking new ensemble drama based on the Jena Six; six Black students who were initially charged with attempted murder for a school fight after being provoked with nooses hanging from a tree on campus.
This bold new play by Dominique Morisseau (Sunset Baby, Detroit '67, Skeleton Crew) examines the miscarriage of justice, racial double standards, and the crises in relations between men and women of all classes and, as a result, the shattering state of Black family life.
For additional information contact Paulette D. Harris, Artistic Director paulrobesontheatrebuffalo@ gmail.com (716) 884-2013