Daniel Beaty
Award-winning Actor, Singer and Writer

UPCOMING DATES: The Tallest Tree in the Forest 


December 1st, 2013 by admin

My new work on the life of Paul Robeson, The Tallest Tree in the Forest, directed by the brilliant Moisés Kaufman had a stellar world premiere at Kansas City Repertory Theater (MO) and at La Jolla Playhouse (CA).

It will open at Arena Stage in Washington, DC in January 2014 and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in April 2014.

Jan 10 – Feb 16, 2014
Arena Stage
The Kansas City Repertory Theatre / La Jolla Playhouse Production

April 12 – May 25

Mark Taper Forum at the Music Center
Los Angeles, CA

Written and Performed by Daniel Beaty
Directed by Moisés Kaufman

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A co-production with Kansas City Repertory Theatre



The Tallest Tree in the Forest was originally commissioned and developed by Tectonic Theatre Project, Moisés Kaufman, Artistic Director.

As an internationally-renowned vocalist and star of stage and screen, Paul Robeson was one of the best-known African American artists in the world in the early 20th century. Through his singing and acting talent, he became enormously popular and wealthy, but his outspoken activism and criticism of the US Government caused him to be blacklisted during the McCarthy era. Featuring excerpts from some of Robeson’s signature songs, including “Ol’ Man River” and “Steal Away,” The Tallest Tree in the Forest explores the bold choices that defined Robeson’s remarkable life.

“The one-man play was written and performed by Daniel Beaty to a standing ovation on the Copaken Stage. It was easy for the audience to see that Beaty was putting his heart and soul into every bit of dialogue and every song that he performed. The show began with him taking the stage and if you were close enough you could see a tear running down his cheek…Beaty changed characters, from the wife of Robeson, to Robeson, to a young Robeson and many others by use of voice, facial expression and body language. His timing was magnificent and did not waiver while changing from one character to another.”
– Steve Wilson (Kansas City Theater Examiner)

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Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me (Hardcover)

November 21st, 2013 by admin

My children’s book, Knock Knock will be released by Little, Brown Books on December 17, 2013!!  This inspiring story will make a great holiday gift for the youngsters in your life!

Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me (Hardcover)

by Daniel Beaty (Author) , Bryan Collier (Artist)
More info on Amazon.com

Every morning, I play a game with my father.

He goes knock knock on my door

and I pretend to be asleep

till he gets right next to the bed.

And my papa, he tells me, “I love you.”

But what happens when, one day, that “knock knock” doesn’t come? This powerful and inspiring book shows the love that an absent parent can leave behind, and the strength that children find in themselves as they grow up and follow their dreams.

“The ideal use of picture books, on some level, is to provide windows and mirrors for the kiddos. Mirrors that reflect their own worlds. Windows where they can see how other children live…The key to Knock Knock lies in the fact that Beaty’s tale is about an absent parent and not necessarily an incarcerated one. Lots of kids have one parent or another disappear on them. What Knock Knock is telling us is that even if they’re not there, you can grow up and become the man or woman you were meant to be…

“The art is the real kicker, of course…Then there’s how [Collier] chose to bring Beaty’s words to life. According to Collier, he took a real interest in this text when he saw Beaty perform it in a monologue. In this book he then tries to capture the spirit of the performance.”  – Elizabeth Bird (School Library Journal)  

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NEW BOOK: Transforming Pain to Power: Unlock Your Unlimited Potential

October 27th, 2013 by admin

Transforming Pain to Power: Unlock Your Unlimited Potential
by Daniel Beaty (Author)

Based on his powerful, true journey from a childhood rife with poverty, incarceration, addiction and rage to the successful adult life he achieved, award-winning performer, writer, and motivational speaker Daniel Beaty presents the tools that readers need to overcome any obstacle and tap into their full capabilities.

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By outlining an alternative mode of thinking, especially for the modern African-American man bombarded by negative stereotypes in the media, Beaty empowers the individual and encourages readers of all backgrounds to learn from their cultural and family heritage while forgiving and letting go of the negative so that only the positive remains.

Visit: Order  on Amazon.com 

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2013-14 UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS

October 22nd, 2013 by admin

My new work on the life of Paul Robeson, The Tallest Tree in the Forest, directed by the brilliant Moisés Kaufman had a stellar world premiere at Kansas City Repertory Theater (MO) and is now opening at La Jolla Playhouse (CA).  It will be followed by production this season at Arena Stage in Washington D.C. and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

The Tallest Tree in the Forest
October 10 – November 3
Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

For more info visit:  La Jolla Playhouse

Written and Performed by Daniel Beaty
Directed by Moisés Kaufman

“The one-man play was written and performed by Daniel Beaty to a standing ovation on the Copaken Stage. It was easy for the audience to see that Beaty was putting his heart and soul into every bit of dialogue and every song that he performed. The show began with him taking the stage and if you were close enough you could see a tear running down his cheek…Beaty changed characters, from the wife of Robeson, to Robeson, to a young Robeson and many others by use of voice, facial expression and body language. His timing was magnificent and did not waiver while changing from one character to another.” – Steve Wilson (Kansas City Theater Examiner)

★★★★★

My musical Breath & Imagination has received rave reviews in Los Angeles. The next production is at Cleveland Playhouse in January/Februrary, 2014.

Breath and Imagination
February 14 – March 9, 2014
Allen Theatre

For more info visit:  Cleveland Play House

Written by Daniel Beaty
Directed by May Adrales

Before the inspiring voices of Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson, there was an African-American tenor named Roland Hayes. This musical tale of faith, hope, and family traces a remarkable journey from rural Georgia to Carnegie Hall and Buckingham Palace.

★★★★★

Benefit performance of PAIN TO POWER at John Jay College for the Osborne Association on behalf of children of incarcerated parents.

To RSVP, please e-mail  TransformingPainToPower@gmail.com.

 

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American Theatre Magazine

October 21st, 2013 by admin

I am extremely honored to be on the cover of American Theater Magazine.  I hope you’ll pick up a copy!

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