Set in Detroit’s Blackbottom neighborhood in 1949, a new play that looks at the changes a community endures to find its resilience.
From the producers: In 1949, Detroit’s Blackbottom neighborhood is gentrifying. Blue, a troubled trumpeter and the owner of Paradise Club, is torn between remaining in Blackbottom 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.
Audience Notes: This production contains a gun shot as well as the use of haze and herbal cigarettes.
Detroit native and Kennedy Prize for Drama Award-winner Dominique Morisseau began her career as an actor before branching out into playwriting. "Paradise Blue" is the second in Morisseau's 3-play cycle "The Detroit Projects," which also includes "Detroit '67" and "Skeleton Crew." "Paradise Blue" is the first play of Morisseau’s Signature Residency, which will include three productions over the course of five years.
Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, who directed the world premiere at the Williamstown Theater Festival in 2015, helms a company led by Kristolyn Lloyd ("Dear Evan Hansen"). The company also features Francois Battiste, J. Alphonse Nicholson and Keith Randolph Smith.
What's the Signature Theatre? Signature is a highly-regarded Off-Broadway company founded in 1991. Signature focused each of its first 20 seasons on the work of a single playwright - Sam Shepard, Romulus Linney, Horton Foote, Lanford Wilson, August Wilson, etc. With the opening of the spectacular new Signature Center just west of Times Square, the company has expanded its annual offerings. Tickets, highly subsidized since 2005 by the company's Signature Ticket Initiative, are only $30. More here.