Written by Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Kent Gash
with original music by Theron Brown
Returning to City Theatre for a third time, Dominique Morisseau (Pipeline, Sunset Baby) takes us to a gentrifying Detroit for a haunting drama laced with jazz and intrigue. It’s 1949 and club-owner and trumpeter Blue must choose between escaping his demons and the human cost of leaving the only home he’s ever known.
March 12 through April 3, 2022
**This production contains mature language, simulated violence, theatrical haze, and herbal cigarettes. This production also includes gunshot effects.**
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Click here to read our blog post about the history of Detroit and it’s relation to urban renewal in Pittsburgh!
Monteze Freeland (P-Sam)
Melva Graham (Pumpkin)
Wali Jamal (Corn)
Rafael Jordan (Blue)
Eunice Woods (Silver)
Preview: Jazz artist Theron Brown composes music for City Theatre’s ‘Paradise Blue’
by Sharon Eberson, onStage Pittsburgh
City Theater’s ‘Paradise Blue’ Finds the Right Note
By Dr. Tiffany Raymond, PhD
Paradise Blue examines “wrath of gentrification” with jazz-infused production
Tickets start at $29 and are available now.
Join us for Pick-Your-Price previews from March 12 – 17. Tickets are limited.
PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES
Greenroom Art & Afterparty
Audio Description & Open Caption
Dominique Morisseau is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle) which includes the following plays: Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre), and Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and NBT). Additional plays include: Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theatre), Sunset Baby (LAByrinth Theatre); Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre) and Follow Me To Nellie’s (Premiere Stages). She is also the book writer on the new musical Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations (Berkeley Repertory Theatre). Dominique is an alumna of The Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, Women’s Project Lab, and Lark Playwrights Workshop and has developed work at Sundance Lab, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Eugene O’Neil Playwrights Conference. Her work has been commissioned by Steppenwolf Theater, Women’s Project, South Coast Rep, People’s Light and Theatre, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival/Penumbra Theatre. She most recently served as Co-Producer on the Showtime series “Shameless”. Awards include: Spirit of Detroit Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky-Cooper Prize, TEER Trailblazer Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Audelco Awards, NBFT August Wilson Playwriting Award, Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, OBIE Award, Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, and being named one of Variety’s Women of Impact for 2017-18.