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Paradise Blue


2020 Season

By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
With André Holland, Kristolyn Lloyd, Simone Missick, Keith Randolph Smith, Blair Underwood

It's 1949 in Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood, and there’s no better place to hear or play jazz than Paradise Club. Blue (Emmy Award winner, Grammy Award winner, and 2020 Tony Award nominee Blair Underwood), club owner and trumpeter, can wail like no other, but as forces outside the club conspire to irreparably change life inside and outside Paradise's walls, he... Read More

A Human Being, of a Sort

June 26 - July 7 Nikos Stage
2019 Season

WORLD PREMIERE
By Jonathan Payne
Directed by Whitney White
With André Braugher, Sullivan Jones, Matthew Saldivar, Keith Randolph Smith, Jeorge Bennett Watson, Frank WoodAntonio Michael Woodard

It's 1906, and at the Bronx Zoological Park, an African-American convict named “Smokey” (Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner André Braugher) is guarding the zoo’s most sensational exhibit: Ota Benga (Antonio Michael Woodard), a Congolese pygmy. As the public’s fascination intensifies and protestors call for Ota’s release, Smokey must grapple with the fact that his own freedom depends on another... Read More

Fridays@3

July 17 - August 21 See below for venue
2015 Season

Tickets: $5 suggested donation; reservations recommended GET A GLIMPSE of bold new work from leading playwrights read by members of the WTF Company. July 17 | Main Stage DEAR ELIZABETH By Sarah Ruhl Directed by Rebecca Taichman With Jessica Hecht & Tom Nelis July 24 | Nikos Stage PANOPTICON, OR THE SOURCE By Gabe McKinley Directed by Jason McDowell-Green With... Read More

Paradise Blue

July 22 - August 2 Main Stage
2015 Season

By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

WORLD PREMIERE (2012 L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award Winner) Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson directs Tony Award-nominee De'Adre Aziza, Golden Globe-nominee Blair Underwood, and Andre Holland  in the world premiere of a bracing and charged drama from Dominique Morisseau. Blue (Underwood), a gifted trumpeter, contemplates selling his once-vibrant jazz club in Detroit’s Blackbottom neighborhood to shake free the demons of... Read More

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