Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo by Benedict Evans.

Tony Winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson Stars in Self-Penned LACKAWANNA BLUES at The Mark Taper Forum, March 5 – April 21

Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo by Benedict Evans.
Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo by Benedict Evans.

A magical, musical and deeply personal work written, performed and directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, “Lackawanna Blues” is a reminiscence of his 1950s childhood in a small town on the banks of Lake Erie.

Santiago-Hudson takes on more than 20 colorful characters-from would-be philosophers and petty hustlers to lost souls and abandoned lovers-in a brilliant celebration of the eccentric boardinghouse he grew up in.

Santiago-Hudson returns to his roots in this tour de force performance accompanied throughout by live blues music performed by Obie winning composer Bill Sims Jr.

Ruben Santiago-Hudson is an actor, writer, and stage director who has won national awards for his work in all three categories. His film and television credits include American GangsterBillions, CastleComing to AmericaLaw & OrderShaft, and many others. Broadway credits include Seven Guitars (Tony Award, Best Featured Performer), Jelly’s Last Jam, and Gem of the Ocean with Phylicia Rashad. He has been awarded the Humanitas Prize in writing for the HBO film adaptation of his play Lackawanna Blues, the Lucille Lortel Award and Obie Award for Outstanding Direction, and the NAACP Lifetime Achievement Theatre Award.

Previews (March 5 – 12): Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. No Monday performance.
Opens Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Regular Performances (March 14– April 21): Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m. No Monday performances.
Exceptions: Added 6:30 p.m. Sunday performances in lieu of a 1 p.m. performance on April 14 and April 21. No public performances on Tuesday, March 19; Wednesday, March 20; Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22. No 8 p.m. performance on Tuesday, April 16.


Ticket Prices: $30 – $99 (Ticket prices are subject to change.)
Tickets are available online at, by calling Audience Services at (213) 628-2772 or in person at the Center Theatre Group Box Office (at the Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles). Groups: (213) 972-7231. Deaf community: Information and charge, visit


Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum
At The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012

Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and

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