The Fall of Heaven

by  Walter Mosley

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3m, 2f

“ … you've got one of those nights at the theater you just hope is someone's first live play, 'cause they'll be fans for a lifetime. It's that kind of special.” - St. Louis Magazine

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The Fall of Heaven

by  Walter Mosley

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

A hip and inventive new play by Walter Mosley, best-selling author of more than 25 books and most widely known for his popular Easy Rawlins mysteries, including "Devil in a Blue Dress". Tempest Landry, a street-wise young man living in Harlem, unexpectedly finds himself at the Pearly Gates. When Saint Peter orders him to hell, the quick-witted Tempest refuses to go. A technical loophole forces heaven to send Tempest back to Earth with an angel in tow to keep him out of trouble. The resulting battle of wills takes an intriguing look at good versus evil and what it means to be human.

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"Rip-roaring... Altogether irresistible... Mosley possesses a hiply modern ear, a sharply focused, streetwise eye, tremendous wit, and a mischievous mix of unmitigated comic glee and deep ruefulness about the human condition. And that is just enough to reawaken belief in even the most cynical of us mortal creatures" - Chicago Sun-Times

"The Fall of Heaven is a stunning success. Mosley deftly reworks The Tempest Tales into an incendiary piece of theatre that's both enthralling and engaging, drawing in the audience and never letting them go." -

“ … you've got one of those nights at the theater you just hope is someone's first live play, 'cause they'll be fans for a lifetime. It's that kind of special.” - St. Louis Magazine

“The Fall of Heaven could mark the rise of Walter Mosley as a powerful contemporary voice on the American Stage.” - City Beat (Cincinnati)

“Not only is it a new play, fresh from the prolific imagination of novelist Walter Mosley, it also is a play so far outside the usual dramatic conventions that it keeps you guessing until the very last moments.” - St. Louis Post Dispatch


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Heaven and Harlem
  • Additional Features: Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)


3m, 2f

Man 1 - TEMPEST LANDRY - African American, handsome, 30s
Man 2 - JOSHUA ANGEL - African American, approximately the same age as Tempest
Man 3 - BOB - White, 30s, dashing, all other male roles
Woman 1 - BRANWYN - African American, late 20s/early 30s, naturally attractive
Woman 2 - ALFREDA - African American, all other female roles, approximately the same age as Branwyn

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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

3 men (2 African American; 1 white), 2 women (2 African American)



Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley is one of the most versatile and admired writers in America today. He is the author of more than 37 critically acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His work has been translated into 23 languages and includes literary fiction, science f ...

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The Fall of Heaven was originally produced by Cincinatti Playhouse in the Park (Edward Stern, Producing Artistic Director; Buzz Ward, Executive Director), at the Robert S. Marx Theatre in Cincinatti, Ohio on January 23, 2010. The performance was directed by Marion McClinton.

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