World Premiere of The Tallest Tree in the Forest

A list of VIPs attended this world premiere by the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, including Congressman and Mrs. Emanuel Cleaver II and Kansas City Mayor and Mrs. Sly James.

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II; Daniel Beaty, star of The Tallest Tree in the Forest; Eric Rosen, Artistic Director Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Photo credit: Robbie Schraeder.

The show is about the life and music of 20th century African American actor, singer and social activist Paul Robeson as portrayed by the show’s writer and performer Daniel Beaty.  The show’s director Moisés Kaufman spoke at a pre-show reception hosted by the Rep’s Board of Directors at Copaken Stage in the H&R Block Headquarters, 13th and Walnut Streets. Visit for information on their upcoming performances.

Left: Adrienne Walker Hoard, Director of UMKC Black Studies. Right: Angela Bennett, UMKC Trustee; Regional Director—Office for Civil Rights, Region VII, U.S. Department of Education. Photo credit: Robbie Schraeder.

Mayor Sly James and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II. Photo credit: Robbie Schraeder

Left to right: Nate Orr, Partner, Spencer Fane Britt & Brown LLP; Eric Rosen, Artistic Director Kansas City Repertory Theatre; Liz Orr; Moisés Kaufman, Director of The Tallest Tree in the Forest. Photo credit: Robbie Schraeder

Daniel Beaty as Paul Robeson. Photo credit: Don Ipock