Paradise Blueby Dominique Morisseau
by Dominique Morisseau
Directed by JACKIE DAVIS
Blue, a gifted trumpeter, contemplates selling his once-vibrant jazz club in Detroit’s Blackbottom neighborhood – it’s 1949 and gentrification is banging on the door. The house band is desperate to stay, Blue’s demons are tempting him to leave, and the arrival of a seductive stranger turns everything upside down. 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.
Written by Tony Award-nominated Dominique Morisseau (Ain’t Too Proud the Temptations Musical, Detroit ’67) and under the direction of Jackie Davis, theatergoers will be transported to Paradise Blue, running from August 26 to September 18. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 pm indoors at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester MA.
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 TONY nominated book writer on the new Broadway musical Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations (Imperial Theatre). Dominique is 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. She most recently served as Co-Producer on the Showtime series “Shameless” (3 seasons). Additional 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 (2), Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, Variety’s Women of Impact for 2017-18, and a recent MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow.
Jackie Davis is involved in all three disciplines, theater, television and film. She is director, actor and choreographer working primarily on the east coast. She can be seen as abolitionist, Susan Robbins, in Colombia Pictures’ Film, Little Women. Notable directing credits include Race, Ruined, and For Colored Girls Who Consider Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. Notable choreography projects include Dance Nation, Beauty & The Beast, and The Wiz. Notable stage credits include:Trinity Repertory Theater – Benevolence: black odyssey; The woman in Furs: Marisol; Jacques One: A Tale of Two Cities. Lyric Stage: Jackie: Saturday Night/Sunday Morning. Marie: Barbecue. Speakeasy Stage: Siobhan: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. She is the founding artistic director of New Urban Theater Laboratory, where she produced and directed five years of new works in Massachusetts. She has served as an Intimacy coordinator on “References to Salvador Dali Make me Hot.” Jackie is a teaching artist for Trinity Repertory Company’s Education Department and a Master Teacher for their Young Actors Summer Institute. She is on staff as a movement instructor for the Brown/Trinity MFA program, R&B(m): Rhythm and Body (movement). She is currently involved as a director/producer for an upcoming web-series: From A Distance. Jackie is a member of Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild.
PARADISE BLUE is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.
Critical Praise for PARADISE BLUE by Dominique Morisseau
“It’s hard not to become absorbed in the motivations and maneuverings of the play’s fully drawn characters.”
“There’s a musicality to Dominique Morisseau’s new drama, and it’s not only because the action takes place in a jazz club.”
“The play feels very much alive … thanks to Morisseau’s prodigious gifts for language and creating small moments that register with significant emotional impact.”