Up next: The local premiere of “Paradise Blue” by Dominique Morisseau, directed by Art Gilliard. Get your tickets and follow us on Facebook for more information about the production.


This dramatic drama by Dominique Morisseau unravels a story about a Detroit neighborhood called Black Bottom, at the heart of a club district called Paradise Valley, where a trumpeter called Blue runs a joint they called Paradise, where he fronts a quartet whose sidemen include a drummer called P-Sam and a pianist called Corn.

The bassist has quit, perhaps because his name was just Joe. With a cleverly designed set, a steamy plot, and characters that are hard to forget, the film-noir-influenced “Paradise Blue” is a riveting and moving play centering on Detroit’s Club Paradise, a combination jazz club and boarding house that has a lot of conflict.

There is conflict between band members, conflict between Blue, the owner, and a woman he loves, and a woman he despises. These hostilities are accompanied by the inner conflicts of each character, which intensify as the plot unfolds.


Saralyn Ortiz -Pumpkin
E. Domonique Henry – Blue
Xavier Jacques – Corn (AKA) Cornelius
John Davis, Tre’ – P-Sam
Stella Williams – Silver

Performance Dates:

Thursday, September 28th 7:00
Friday, September 29th 7:00
Saturday, September 30th 2:00
Sunday, October 1st 4:00

Thursday, October, 5th 7:00
Friday, October, 6th 7:00
Saturday, October, 7th 2:00
Sunday, October 8th 4:00