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

Erin Renée Roberts as Nina and Ron Himes as Kenyatta look at photographs of Nina's late mother in the Black Rep's "Sunset Baby"
Phil Hamer
Erin Renée Roberts as Nina and Ron Himes as Kenyatta look at photographs of Nina's late mother in The Black Rep's "Sunset Baby""

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.” Tweet #cutpastestl
  • 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.” Tweet #cutpastestl
  • Himes, on contemporary culture: “Individuals today are much more selfish and self-centered and operate in a sort of me-getting-mine [way].” Tweet #cutpastestl

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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