Overview

Now extended through june 17!

In 1949, Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood is gentrifying. Blue, a troubled trumpeter and the owner of Paradise Club, is torn between remaining in Black Bottom with his loyal lover Pumpkin and leaving behind a traumatic past. But when the arrival of a mysterious woman stirs up tensions, the fate of Paradise Club hangs in the balance. Paradise Blue is the first production of Obie Award-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau’s Signature Residency. Directed by Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Piano Lesson, Jitney), it is a thrilling and timely look at the changes a community endures to find its resilience.

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"Critics' Pick! Powerful and exciting! A truthful portrait of human suffering, awakening, and transformation in a gritty, changing city."
- Sara Holdren, New York Magazine
 
"Four stars! Haunting!"
- Raven Snook, Time Out New York  

"A nearly perfect production!"
- Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

Paradise Blue is generously supported by the Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater.
Special thanks to Time Warner Foundation, Inc., The Michael and Betty Rauch Fund for Residency 5, and The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for their generous support of the Residency 5 Program.
Dominique Morisseau’s Residency 5 is generously supported, in part, by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.
Dates
April 24 - June 17, 2018
Price
Through June 3: all tickets $30. Beginning June 5: tickets $30-$65.
Running Time
2 hours 20 minutes, with one intermission
Residency

Please Note

There will be no re-entry for this production.

This production contains gunshots as well as the use of haze and herbal cigarettes.

Performance Extras

Signature Spotlight Series

Sponsored by American Express
 
Talkback_Icon_Signature-01.png  Talkbacks (post-show)

May 3, 8, 24, 31
Chat with members of the cast & creative team after the show.

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May 9
Hear the full story of how the play developed through a moderated discussion with Dominique Morisseau and Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

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May 19 at 4:30pm
Art vs Artist: Consuming, Creating, and Supporting Media in the Modern Age
A discussion moderated by Monica L. Williams. Panelists include Dominique Morisseau and Diep Tran of American Theatre magazine.

BackstagePass_Icon_Signature-01.png  Backstage Pass (Post-Show)

May 22
Get an inside look at the mechanics behind the magic in this post-show discussion with scenic designer Neil Patel, costume designer Clint Ramos and sound designer Darron L West.

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May 19 at 2:00pm 

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May 27 at 2:00pm
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Cast

Francois Battiste

Kristolyn Lloyd

Simone Missick

J. Alphonse Nicholson

Keith Randolph Smith

Creative

Scenic Designer
Neil Patel
Costume Designer
Clint Ramos
Lighting Designer
Rui Rita
Sound Designer
Darron L West
Original Music
Kenny Rampton
Music Director
Bill Sims, Jr.
Hair & Wig Design
Charles G. LaPointe
Fight Director
Thomas Schall
Production Stage Manager
Laura Wilson

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