Blue Door

STARTS APR 19, 2024

By Tanya Barfield
Directed by Darryl V. Jones

April 19-May 19

May 14-19


1 hour, 30 minutes
There will be no intermission.



Intimate. Intrepid. Inspired.

Tanya Barfield’s two-man play puts Lewis, a high-achieving Black mathematics professor, in conversation with three generations of his ancestors over the course of a fevered dream or night of sleepless delusion as he wrestles with his own sense of self and cultural identity. Estranged from his white wife, who accuses him of being out of touch with his heritage for refusing to attend the Million Man March, Lewis must journey through the past in order to determine his future. The ancestral visitations he receives call upon joy and pain, suffering and resiliency, music and song to situate Lewis in a long lineage of Black men in America from enslavement and Jim Crow to Black Power.


“Encapsulates more than a century of history on a very personal level… exhilarating!”




Aurora Affinity Nights

Every Friday, we invite a specific group to come together and enjoy community in the Aurora space through the shared experience of playgoing. While all are welcome to any performance, these nights are meant to provide a safe and intentional experience for these specific cross-sections of our community.


Black Diaspora Community Night

Join us for some good food and great fun as we celebrate and uplift our local Black community. More details coming soon!


Post Show Discussions
Please join us for a discussion of Aurora's production of Blue Door by Tanya Barfield, hosted after the show on the select days listed below. Discussions will be led by Aurora staff or members of the Creative Team, who may be joined by the actors, director, community members, or local storytellers.



Production Photots by Alessandra Mellow