Monday, December 7, 2015


Patterson Joseph Portrays Charles Ignatius Sancho at August Wilson Center

    The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Sancho: An Act of Remembrance, part of the 2015-2016 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series, will take place on December  11 at 8 p.m. at the August Wilson Center (980 Liberty Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh).
    Step back in time and submerse yourself into the incomparable story of Charles Ignatius Sancho. A man born on a slave ship but never a slave, who was immortalized by the great English painter Thomas Gainsborough, and, in 1774, became the first British-African to cast a vote. 
     In this endlessly revealing, often funny one-man show, celebrated Royal Shakespeare Company actor Paterson Joseph delivers a masters touch as he inhabits the curious, daringly determined life of the composer, social satirist and general man of refinement. Joseph abundantly illustrates and uncovers the grit and passion of a man forgotten by history but who deserves praise and illumination.
    You owe it to yourself to experience this rare glimpse into the often-misunderstood narrative of the African-British diaspora.
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Cast and Crew
    Paterson Joseph (Writer and Performer) has worked regularly at the National Theatre in London (Whale, Saint Joan, Royal Hunt for the Sun, The Emperor Jones, Elmina’s Kitchen) and the Royal Shakespeare Company (Julius Caesar, Don Juan, Troilus and Cressida, Love’s Labours Lost, King Lear, The Pretenders) as well as the Royal Exchange, Gate, Almeida, and Young Vic Theatres.
    His television debuts include: BBC’s The Hollow Crown (PBS) The Leftovers (HBO) and Danny Boyle’s Babylon. Paterson is a season regular in Law and Order UK and Peep Show, he has also appeared in Doctor Who, Hustle and No.1 Ladies Detective Agency (all BBC). In 2015, Paterson has been seen co-starring Christopher Ecclestone in Safe House, a major four-part drama for ITV and is appearing on Sky and NBC this autumn in You, Me and the Apocalypse. Sancho marks Paterson’s first play as a writer.

    Simon Godwin (co-director), Ben Park (music and sound design), Michael Vale (designer) and Lucrecia Briceno (lighting designer) help the story come to life as it portrays a man living in a historical time. Sancho is produced by Tim Smith for Pemberley Productions in association with the Oxford Playhouse.

    Tickets are currently on sale for $20-$30. Tickets are available at, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. For groups of 10 or more, call 412-471-6930.

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