Full Length Play, Drama / 3m, 2f
This dynamic and musically-infused drama shines light on the challenges of building a better future on the foundation of what our predecessors have left us.
- 2012 L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award Winner
"Intriguing...vibrant...Morisseau is trying to tell a fuller, deeper story about Detroit than the one that is told by headlines." - Boston Globe, Read More
"The finest new play of the year...You must see this play." - Berkshire Edge, Read More
"...a juicy and resonant piece of writing, filled to the brim with complex, empathetic characters struggling and infighting as part of a community living under extreme duress. It is not hard to become involved with their choices and worry about their futures." - Chicago Tribune, Read More
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $125 per performance
- Time Period: 1940s / WWII
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: Detroit, Michigan (in a small Black community formerly known as Blackbottom - on the downtown strip known as Paradise Valley). Paradise Club. 1949.
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
BLUE - Black man. Mid -Late 30’s to early 40’s. Handsome. Mysterious. Sexy. Quiet danger. Aloof. A hard shell and a hard interior. Battling many demons. A gifted trumpeteer.
CORN - (aka Cornelius) Black man. Late 40’s to Early 50’s. Slightly chubby. Easygoing and Thoughtful. A real sweetheart with a weakness for love. The pianoman.
P-SAM - (aka Percussion Sam) Black man. Mid/ Late 30’s. Busybody. Sweet-talker. Hustler. Always eager for his next gig. The percussionist.
SILVER - Black woman. Late 30’s to Early 40’s. Mysterious. Sexy. Charming. Spicy woman. Gritty and raw in a way that men find irresistible. Has a meeeeaaaannnn walk.
- Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
Paradise Blue premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, MA in July 2012 under the direction of Ruben Santiago-Hudson.