The third play in MacArthur Genius award-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau's Detroit cycle, Paradise Blue is set in Detroit's Black Bottom neighborhood as it is being gentrified in 1949. Blue, a brilliant jazz musician, is torn between remaining in Black Bottom or leaving behind his traumatic past. Paradise Blue is a passionate, timely look at what is lost—and what is gained—by the people of a city in transition.
by Dominique Morisseau
Previews September 25 and 26
Opening Night September 27
Running through November 3, 2019
+ Dominique Morisseau
Dominique Morisseau is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle), which includes the following plays: Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company/Scott Rudin), Paradise Blue (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and NBT). Additional plays include— Sunset Baby (LAByrinth Theatre); Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre) and Follow Me To Nellie’s (Premiere Stages). She 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 and Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Her work has been commissioned by the Hip Hop Theater Festival, Steppenwolf Theater Company, Women’s Project, South Coast Rep, People’s Light, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival/Penumbra Theatre. She currently serves as a Co-Producer on the Showtime series “Shameless.” Her new play Pipeline recently completed its run at Lincoln Center, and her new musical Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations is currently running at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Awards—Stavis Playwriting Award, NAACP Image Award, Spirit of Detroit Award, Weissberger Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky-Cooper New American Play Prize, TEER Spirit Trailblazer Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, the Samuel French Award for Impact & Activism in the Theatre Community, Graham F. Smith Peace Foundation Prize for Promotion of Human Rights (Blood at the Root), Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama (Detroit ’67), and OBIE Award (Skeleton Crew).
+ Brian Marable (Blue)
Brian Marable is currently the Artistic Director of Clubhouse Theater in Detroit. Regional— Detroit Public Theatre: Detroit ‘67, Skeleton Crew, Pipeline; Baltimore Center Stage: Detroit ‘67; The Old Globe and People's Light Theater: Skeleton Crew; Performance Network: The Mountaintop (Martin Luther King, Jr.), The Piano Lesson (Boy Willie); Purple Rose Theatre Company: Superior Donuts (Franco). Film/ TV—Have a Little Faith (Hallmark Movie), The Citizen (2012, Monterey Media), Low Winter Sun (AMC), Standing in the Shadows of Motown (James Jamerson). Education— Howard University, Wayne State University. Brian is currently exploring writing for the stage in a collaborative play titled Grow, which looks at marijuana law and property rights, with 4Theatrsake, a Detroit-based theater company. Life credits include father, son, brother, Detroiter.
+ Carollette Phillips (Pumpkin)
Carollette Phillips is proud to be a native Detroiter, MFA Acting graduate of the Hilberry Repertory Company at Wayne State University, and alum of Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit. While her roots are in theatre, ranging from Shakespeare to contemporary works, Carollette has also appeared in films including "American Prophet" and "Do You Believe." You may have also seen her in the recurring role of Rhonda Devereaux on the Comedy Central series, "Detroiters." In addition to her love of acting, Carollette has an extensive background in dance. As the Artistic Director of the LSODance Company and Resident Choreographer of Mosaic, her work has been featured on stages across America and beyond. When Carollette is not acting, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
+ Henri Franklin (P-Sam)
Henri Franklin is a SAG/AFTRA actor based out of Detroit, MI. After obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree from Wayne State Universityʼs theatre program, he went on to work professionally in the fields of stage, film, television, commercials, and voice over. Some notable accomplishments include Days of Our Lives and Chicago P.D. on NBC, Detroiters on Comedy Central, Low Winter Sun on AMC, Batman Vs Superman for Warner Bros., commercial and voice work for Ford, Chevrolet, G.U.M., Michigan Lottery and many others, plus productions of Dominique Morisseauʼs Pipeline, Detroit ‘67, and now Paradise Blue. Henri is completely thrilled and honored to work with Detroit Public Theatre once again and looks forward to continuing to do work that changes lives for the better. You can follow his journey at www.henrifranklin.com and @henrifranklin on social media.
+ Andrea L. Patterson (Silver)
Andrea L. Patterson is a Detroit native currently based in NYC. She is a SUNY Purchase Acting Conservatory graduate with the following credits: TV- Blue Bloods (CBS), Manifest (NBC), and Jessica Jones (Netflix). Select stage credits include: Flyin’ West, Three Sisters, Hookin’ or Daughters of Jerusalem, Follow Me to Nellie’s, Bacchae, and The King Lear Project (w/ James Earl Jones). Andrea would like to thank her unrelenting support system and the people of Detroit. “I stand on your shoulders. I am who I am because I carry you in my heart. I am honored to return to my city, our city. My home, our home, to tell a piece of our story.”
+ Will Bryson (Corn)
Will Bryson is excited to be making his debut with Detroit Public Theatre in this production. He received his Masters in Fine Arts from the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Acting at the George Washington University in Washington D.C. He was last seen as Othello in Shakespeare Royal Oak's 2019 production of Othello.
+ Goldie Patrick (Director)
With passion as her pedagogy, Goldie E. Patrick is a Detroit native working, living, and building artistic collaborations in Washington, DC. Goldie is a spirited playwright, poet, performer, and teacher of hip-hop education and culture. A bold advocate for Black women and girls, Goldie has gained recognition for her work as Founder and Executive Director of F.R.E.S.H.H. Inc. (Females Representing Every Side of Hip-Hop), a burgeoning community-based organization of Black women that uses hip-hop-focused cultural analysis, intergenerational mentoring, and a Pan-African paradigm to reveal and resolve social adversities, and to advocate for policies that support, protect, and advance Black women and girls.
Most recently named one of the top 40 under 40 by the Envest Foundation, Goldie is a self-‐proclaimed "hip-hop womanist" inspired to create conversations and movements that empower and liberate the stories of Black women and girls. A graduate of Howard University's Theatre Arts Department, Goldie has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center, the DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As a playwright, some of Goldie’s award-winning works include "HERstory: Love Forever, Hip-‐Hop", “Unpacked”, “Bite Me”, and most recently, “Feminine Folklore”. After writing, directing, and producing her original works, Deane, published her first book of poetry in 2012 titled, Soulatude. A professor of Hip-Hop History and Culture, Goldie divides her time and talents between creating art, facilitating workshops and speaking on a range of topics about culture, art, and education, and consulting with arts and youth-focused organizations of color.
Goldie has been a feature poet and performer at several poetry venues nationwide, and has led several creative writing workshops and presentations on hip-hop education and youth development in New York City, Charleston, South Carolina, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Accra, Ghana. After successfully completing the Non-Profit Roundtable’s Future Executive Director Fellowship, Patrick has worked for various institutions, offering consulting for local grantmakers, foundations, agencies, and organizations to increase their community engagement, advocacy efforts, and cultural competency. Goldie has worked closely with the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities as a curator, in addition to being a recipient and alum of their Young Artists Fellowship; she is also a current fellow in the Mead Theatre Lab Program. Goldie will release her newest collection of poetry, Small Water Woman, in winter of 2017, and her newest one-woman play, Name Calling, is launching its spring tour in 2018.
+ Moníka Essen (Scenic Design)
Moníka Essen is an award-winning, nationally recognized artist and designer. The recipient of the prestigious Lawrence DeVine Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre, she studied interior architecture and Environmental Design at Parsons School of Design NYC and received her MFA in scenography from the renowned Hilberry Repertory Co. Ms. Essen has designed countless productions in theatre, opera and film, and is currently the Resident Designer at the Michigan Opera Theatre, where she has just recently designed their highly acclaimed productions of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and “Frida”, which also just made its debut at the Florida Grand Opera, and will be traveling to The Atlanta Opera in October. Other local favorites include “The Foursome,” “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”, and “The Impossibilty of Now” at Tipping Point Theatre, and “Murder Ballad” and “American Hero” here at Detroit Public Theatre. Additionally, she creates furniture, museum exhibits, interiors and full sensory, multimedia environments for residential and commercial clients, including the Detroit Zoo. All her design work can be viewed at www.studioepoque.com
+ Michaela Tanskley (Costume Design)
Michaela Tanksley is a University of Michigan graduate. This is her first season with Detroit Public Theatre. U-M: Passing Strange (CD), Blood at the Root (Assoc. CD), Insurrection: Holding History (CD), Ah, Wilderness! (CD), and Henry IV Part I (ACD). Other: Water Works Theatre Company, Much Ado About Nothing (ACD),and Redhouse, I Do! I Do! (ACD).
+ Jonathan Alexander (Lighting Design)
John D. Alexander is excited to debut his work with DPT and would like to thank Goldie Patrick for this amazing opportunity! His recent designs include: Fabulation, or the Reeducation of Undine (Mosaic Theatre Co.); HERstory (John F. Kennedy Center); Topdog Underdog (Avant Bard); A Civil War Christmas (1st Stage) and Skeleton Crew (Theatre Squared). OFF-BROADWAY: Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence (New Victory Theater). Upcoming designs include: Royale (Theatre Squared); Airness (Keegan Theater & 1st Stage) and Drumfolk (New Victory Theater). He also serves as the lighting supervisor for Urban Bush Women’s national tour of Hair and Other Stories. He holds a BFA in Lighting Design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
+ Mikaal Sulaiman (Sound Design)
Off-Broadway: Continuity (Manhattan Theatre Club); Passage, Fairview (Soho Rep); Recent Alien Abductions, Time's Journey Through a Room (Play Co.); Meet Vera Stark (Signature Theatre); Blue Ridge (Atlantic Theatre); The Thanksgiving Play (Playwrights Horizons); Rags Parkland, Underground Railroad Game (Ars Nova); Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (NYTW); Master (Foundry Theatre Co.); Skittles: The Broadway Musical. Regional: Berkeley Rep, The Alley, Woolly Mammoth, Trinity Rep, Pig Iron, Arden Theatre, Early Morning Opera. Lucille Lortel Award and Drama Desk Award nominations. www.mikaal.com
+ Katherine Nelson (Production Stage Manager)
This is Katherine’s thirteenth production as a stage manager with DPT. She also regularly stage manages at the Institute for Arts and Creativity at the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts. Additionally, Katherine is a costume designer; recent DPT credits include Cry it Out and Girlfriend. Other regional designs include shows with the Purple Rose Theatre Company, Flint Youth Theatre, Flint Repertory Theatre (Wilde Award nomination: Best Costume Design, Riddle of the Trilobites), Tipping Point Theatre, Williamston Theatre, Water Works Theatre Company, and the Wharton Center; she has worked at the Michigan Opera Theatre as stitcher and wardrobe supervisor. She is a graduate of the Purple Rose Theatre Company apprenticeship program. Katherine is a proud member and National Councilor of Actors’ Equity Association and is grateful to Patrick for his support. www.knelsondesigns.com.
+ Pegi Marshall (Props Design & Props Master)
Mother of twins, Union Scenic Designer, props artisan, set builder, scenic painter, and advocate for green and sustainable theatre practices. Once upon a time, Pegi professed to students at such places as Baltimore School for the Arts, Morgan State University, Wayne State University, University of North Carolina and California Polytechnic State University. Nowadays, she is happy to get a full night of sleep and overjoyed that her children are growing up witness to her making art for the stage with her beloved Mike James!
TEMPLES OF LUNG AND AIR
by Kane Smego
Previews November 14 and 15
Opening Night November 16
Running through December 8, 2019
Virtuosic solo performer Kane Smego explores race, identity and language in his one-man show. Poetry, hip-hop and storytelling join forces in his tale of growing up a white boy in the South, with a black father figure and a love of hip-hop. Now an international spoken word artist, musician and educator, Smego's poetic reflection asks us to take a closer look at ourselves and our society.
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask
Previews February 6 and 7
Opening Night February 8
Running through February 29, 2020
Lift up your hands for the most groundbreaking, gut-busting, gender-bending character ever to grace the stage! Join the outrageous Hedwig Schmidt as she shares her story, backed by her rock band "The Angry Inch," for an immersive rock event that will inspire anyone who feels life has given them an inch when they deserved a mile.
Cost of Living is an exquisitely original, honest and deftly funny new play that explores our need to connect and be loved, regardless of the gulfs that disability, race and class place between us. John, a wealthy and successful PhD student with cerebral palsy, hires Jess, who has recently fallen on hard times, as his new caregiver. Across town, truck driver Eddie attempts to support and reengage with his estranged wife, Ani, following a life-altering accident. Watch as four very different lives collide, and roles are reversed.
COST OF LIVING
by Martyna Majok
Previews April 30 and May 1
Opening Night May 2
Running through May 24, 2020