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Cut & Paste podcast: ‘Sunset Baby’ drama shows the struggle is real, especially at home

Jan 21, 2016

Revolution is not for the faint of heart; neither is parenthood. In The Black Rep’s production of the play “Sunset Baby,” the character Kenyatta finds connecting with his grown daughter is perhaps more difficult a challenge than enduring years as a political prisoner.

The Black Rep's founder and producing director Ron Himes plays Kenyatta. Up-and-coming actor Erin Renée Roberts plays his daughter, Nina, in the play that runs through Jan. 31.

In the latest installment of our Cut & Paste podcast, we talk with the pair about the play and its central questions, which include: What’s the best way to stage a revolution?

Here’s some of what you’ll hear in the podcast:

  • Roberts, on her character being named after the legendary singer Nina Simone: “It connects me to what love is, what my mom [in the play] felt love was. It almost serves as something that could potentially link the father and daughter.”
  • Roberts, on a generation gap among activists: “There are generations of people trying to understand why the young people are doing such violent things, when it’s not about the violence. It’s … about demonstrating the pain.”
  • Himes, on contemporary culture: “Individuals today are much more selfish and self-centered and operate in a sort of me-getting-mine [way].”

Look for new Cut & Paste (#cutpastestl) podcasts every few weeks on our website. You can also view all previous podcasts, which focus on a diverse collection of visual and performing artists, and subscribe to Cut & Paste through this link.

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