Sloan Robinson returns in Bananas! – A Day in The Life of Josephine Baker

In celebration of Black History Month Santa Monica Playhouse presents the return engagement of N.A.A.C.P. award-winning actress Sloan Robinson’s one-woman cabaret based on the fascinating life of Josephine Baker, written and performed Robinson accompanied by award-winning pianist Aeros Pierce, for two performances only, February 16 and 17, 2013.

“This show is not to be missed!!!” Los Angeles Sentinel

Robinson embodies real life legend Josephine Baker, who overcame the limitations imposed by the color of her skin to become one of the world’s most versatile entertainers, performing on stage, screen and recordings. Baker was decorated for her undercover work for the French Resistance during World War II. She was a civil rights activist – refusing to perform for segregated audiences and integrated the Las Vegas nightclubs.

“Bananas!” had its world premiere in 2008 and was the 2009 N.A.A.C.P. Theatre Award winner for Best Music Director, Best Costumes and Robinson was nominated for Best Female Performance.

Written and performed by award-winning actress, dancer playwright Sloan Robinson ( “Yesterday Came Too Soon…The Dorothy Dandridge Story,” “It’s a Good Thing I Knew How to Dance,” “Bananas! – A Day in the Life of Josephine Baker”, “Tree”)  accompanied by Aeros Pierce who won the 2009 N.A.A.C.P. Theater Award for Best Music Director for “BANANAS!” when it debuted and a nominee for her musical direction on “Yesterday Came Too Soon…The Dorothy Dandridge Story” (2011) and for musical direction and original music contributed to “It’s a Good Thing I Knew How to Dance” (2004), both original plays by Sloan Robinson.

Directed by John H. Freeland, Jr.  Directing credits include “Shoot” (4th International Blind and Visually Impaired Theatre Festival, Zagreb, Croatia); ‘The Hood Story,” “Inner Wimpy” (The Unusual Suspects Theatre Co); Co-Director “Split Second” (The Next Stage Theatre); Arthur W. French’s play “Triple Played”; “You’re Getting Me Hot” by Fernando Mann (NAACP Theatre Festival).  Costumes by Naila Sanders

Produced by Do it Yourself Productions and Santa Monica Playhouse.

Limited Engagement. Saturday, February 16 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, February 17 at 3:00

All tickets $20.00, Call the Playhouse Box Office at 1-310-394-9779 ext. 1 or online at

Santa Monica Playhouse, The Main Stage is at 1211 4th Street (between Arizona and Wilshire)Santa Monica, CA 90401-1391. By public transportation take the Santa Monica Blue Bus or the LA Metro Rapid #720, exit at 4th and Wilshire.

Santa Monica Playhouse is supported in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

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