TimeLine Theatre’s Midwest premiere of PARADISE BLUE by (from left)
Dominique Morisseau, directed by Ron OJ Parson, will feature an original score composed by Orbert Davis. The cast includes TimeLine Associate Artist Tyla Abercrumbie, Ronald L. Conner, Kristin E. Ellis, TimeLine Associate Artist Charles Andrew Gardner, and Al’Jaleel McGee
TIMELINE THEATRE'S MIDWEST PREMIERE
OF DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU’S JAZZ-INFUSED
Now through – JULY 23, 2017
TimeLine Theatre Company announces the final production of its 20th Anniversary 2016-2017 season, the Midwest premiere of PARADISE BLUE by Dominique Morisseau, directed by TimeLine Company Member Ron OJ Parson and featuring original music composed by Orbert Davis, the co-founder, conductor and Artistic Director of Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Nov – July 23, 2017 at TimeLine Theatre, 615 West Wellington Ave., Chicago.
For tickets and information, visit timelinetheatre.com or call the Box Office at (773) 281-8463 x6.
One of Chicago’s most admired jazz artists, Davis’ original music, performed by Davis and members of Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, featuring Rajiv Halim, and recorded and mixed by Roger Heiss at Tone Zone Studio in Chicago, will underscore Morisseau’s jazz-infused drama about a gifted but troubled trumpeter in Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood. The involvement of Davis and Chicago Jazz Philharmonic in TimeLine’s production was made possible through the generous support of The Chicago Community Trust.
It’s 1949 in Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood, and Blue, the gifted trumpeter and troubled owner of the Paradise nightclub, is contemplating a buyout offer for the city’s urban renewal plan. As the inhabitants of his famed but faltering jazz club ponder their options and dream of a better life, relationships are tested, new challengers emerge, and a mysterious woman arrives to turn their world upside down. As the fate of all their lives looms, they must decide whether to fight to save what’s theirs or risk it all for a chance at redemption.
PARADISE BLUE is the second TimeLine production of a play written by Morisseau, a 2017 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist for her play PIPELINE, and directed by Parson, following last season’s critically acclaimed SUNSET BABY. Hailed as “intriguing … vibrant … Morisseau is trying to tell a fuller, deeper story about Detroit than the one that is told by headlines" by the Boston Globe, PARADISE BLUE is also the latest in Morisseau’s widely acclaimed cycle of plays about Detroit, proving again why she is one of America’s most urgent play-wrights.
REGULAR RUN, through
July 23: Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. EXCEPTIONS: No show on Sunday 6/25.
DISCUSSION & ACCESSIBILITY EVENTS:
Post-Show Discussions: A brief, informal post-show discussion hosted by a TimeLine Company Member and featuring the production dramaturg and members of the cast on
Thursday 7/6, and Sunday 7/9.
Pre-Show Discussions: Starting one hour before these performances, a 30-minute introductory conversation hosted by a TimeLine Company Member and the production dramaturg with members of the production team on Sunday 7/2.
All discussions are free and open to the public. For further details about all planned discussions and events, timelinetheatre.com
Single ticket prices are $38 (Wednesday through Friday), $46 (Saturday evenings) and $51 (Saturday and Sunday matinees). Preview tickets are $22. Student discount is $10 off regular price with valid ID. Military Service Discount is $5 off regular price with valid military/veteran ID. Discounted rates for groups of 10 or more are available. Ticket buyers age 18-35 may join TimeLine’s free MyLine program to obtain access to discounted tickets, special events and more.
TimeLine Theatre is accessible to people with disabilities.