Detroit Public Theatre is proud to produce Blues For An Alabama Sky by acclaimed Detroiter and playwright, Pearl Cleage. Set against the vibrant backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance, the play unfolds in a New York City apartment building, weaving together the lives of a close-knit group of friends. The play weaves themes of women’s reproductive rights, acceptance of LGBTQ+ community members, and having dreams that feel bigger than where you are, bringing a timely relevance to the play.

DPT is also extremely excited to introduce you to the incredible cast bringing Blues For An Alabama Sky to life on our stage. You'll see familiar faces and new faces in this amazing cast!
Blues For An Alabama Sky
by Pearl Cleage

January 24, 2024 - March 3, 2024

In a New York City apartment building bustling with news and gossip about the luminaries of the Harlem Renaissance, a close-knit group of friends has become a chosen family. New roommates Angel and Guy—a recently fired blues singer and a promising costume designer with Paris in his sights—live across the hall from Delia, a social worker who sparks a relationship with the hardworking doctor Sam. Their lives are upturned when Southern newcomer Leland arrives and falls hard for Angel, who is torn between a stable life in Manhattan and an exhilarating overseas adventure with Guy. Angel chooses her path, but the decision leads to devastating consequences that shift the trajectory of everyone’s futures and long held dreams. This modern classic by celebrated Detroit playwright Pearl Cleage has profound relevance to our current times even as it is set during the Harlem Renaissance on the cusp of the Great Depression.
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by Lynn Nottage

April 24, 2024 - June 2, 2024

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage serves up a savory story of resilience, redemption, and the healing powers of food in Clyde’s. The formerly incarcerated kitchen staff of a truck-stop sandwich joint are on a mission to create the perfect sandwich—and to move forward from past lives that were far from perfect. Though Clyde, the shop’s formerly incarcerated owner, is a “second chance” employer who only hires people who’ve experienced incarceration, she never hesitates to remind her staff of just how precarious their lives are: how much they depend on her and the jobs she’s given them. 

Hope and humor are the main ingredients in this thoroughly entertaining—and thoroughly urgent—play. The Washington Post called this Tony nominated play a "highly entertaining comedy of kitchen nightmares.”
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