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The third play by 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


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.


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.


by Martyna Majok
Previews April 30 and May 1
Opening Night May 2
Running through May 24, 2020

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