Paradise Blue

STARTS JAN 27, 2023

By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Dawn Monique Williams

February 21–26 

2 hours and 15 minutes
There will be a ten-minute intermission 


Dominique Morisseau (Detroit ‘67) continues her Detroit Trilogy with Paradise Blue, a jazz-infused drama in which we meet Blue, a gifted trumpeter, who contemplates selling his once-vibrant nightclub in Detroit’s Blackbottom neighborhood. Set in 1949 against a backdrop of urban renewal, Morisseau investigates the challenges of building a better future on the foundation left us. If Blue sells, where does that leave his devoted Pumpkin, who has dreams of her own? And what does this mean for the club’s house band? When Silver, a mysterious woman with a walk that drives men mad, comes to town with her own plans, everyone’s world is turned upside down.

"Suspenseful noir and Detroit history converge in Dominique Morisseau's 'Paradise Blue'... Morisseau is extremely skillful in creating a fertile theatrical landscape" — Los Angeles Times

Watch Paradise Blue trailer below:

See Director Dawn Monique Williams Talk About Directing Paradise Blue:

Please join Aurora Theatre Company at our first African Diaspora Affinity Night, on February 10, 2023

Pre Show Reception

Paradise Blue by Dominique Morisseau

Post Show Discussion
Following the Show

$30 Tickets with Code ADAN30
Special Guests To Be Announced Soon! 
Everyone (as always) is welcome on this special night!

Post Show Discussions

Please join us for a discussion of Aurora's production of Paradise Blue by Dominique Morriseau, hosted after the show on the select days listed below. Discussion host and director, Dawn Monique Williams, may be joined by the actor, community members, and or local storytellers.

Friday, February 3

Tuesday, February 7

Wednesday, February 15

Thursday, February 23


Dramaturgy for Paradise Blue
Please enjoy these excerpts from our show program! (Click through the links below)

Heart of a Woman, Heart of the Community by Dawn Monique Williams