Loading Events

Paradise Blue

Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Awoye Timpo
Run Time: 2 hrs. 30 min. with one intermission
Part of the Student Theatre Series*
The Claire Tow Stage in the C. Newton Schenck III Theatre

Partial support for open captioning provided by TDF




When Blue needs to just get things out, he picks up his trumpet and lets it sing. His jazz club, Paradise, was once the place in Detroit’s Blackbottom neighborhood—until the day Silver, a mysterious woman with a walk that drives men crazy, shows up with her own ideas for Paradise and turns everyone’s world upside down. Dynamic, sultry, and spiced with humor, Paradise Blue is a new American classic you’ll want to experience.

“…a juicy and resonant piece of writing filled to the brim with complex, empathetic characters. It is not hard to become involved with their choices and worry about their futures.” – Chicago Tribune

*Long Wharf’s Student Theatre Series hosts 10:30 AM matinees dedicated to student audiences. Student Matinee for Paradise Blue is on Thursday, December 6th, 2018.






Karen DuBois-Walton, Ph.D., Executive Director, Housing Authority of the City of New Haven. Karen DuBois-Walton currently serves as the President of the Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of the City of New Haven and President of The Glendower Group, LLC (the development affiliate of HANH) and 360 Management Group, Inc. (the property management affiliate) responsible for administrative, programmatic and policy direction of the public housing, housing choice voucher program, finance and planning and development activities. In this role she is responsible for an annual operating budget of over $120 million and a capital improvement plan valued at $500 million. Previously, she served as Chief of Staff and Chief Administrative Officer for Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. in the City of New Haven, CT. Dr. DuBois-Walton earned her B.A. from Yale University and M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston University. Dr. DuBois-Walton resides in New Haven. She is actively involved with the Community Leadership Program of the Graustein Memorial Fund, Bethel A.M.E. Church, the New Haven Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Greater New Haven Branch of the NAACP; and sits on several non-profit boards including CONNCORP, LLC, the Melville Charitable Trust, CT Association of Human Services, the First City Fund Corporation and the ACES Foundation. In 2014 Dr. DuBois-Walton was named one of The Network Journal’s “25 Most Influential Black Women in Business”. In 2011, 2013 and 2018 she was named one of the “100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut” by the CT State Conference of the NAACP. In 2015 she was awarded the Greater New Haven NAACP’s Community Service Award.




LEON ADDISON BROWN (Corn) Long Wharf Theatre: Our Town and The Bluest Eye. Broadway: Misery, The Trip to Bountiful, On the Waterfront, Someone to Watch Over Me, Prelude to a Kiss. Off-Broadway: Transfers (MCC); Master Harold and the Boys (Drama League Nomination for Distinguished Performance and Audelco Nomination); The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, The Train Driver, The Orphans’ Home Cycle, The Alexander Plays (Signature Theatre); The Box (Foundry Theatre); The Lights (LCT); As You Like It (TFANA); Sargent Ola… (Soho Rep); The Death of the Last Black Man (BACA Downtown). Selected Regional: Baltimore Center Stage; Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Hartford Stage, Westport Country Playhouse (CCC Award), Theatre Works, People’s Light Theatre, Arena Stage, Yale Rep, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Hartford Theatreworks, Indiana Rep, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Arizona Rep, Missouri Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Portland Center Stage and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Film/TV: Ben is Back, A Walk Among the Tombstones, Whirlygirl, Hamlet, Music of the Heart, True Blood, “Elementary,” “The Breaks,” “Madame Secretary,” “The Knick,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: SUV,” “The Jury.” Shorts: Mandela Was Late, Paper Cranes. Training: North Carolina School of the Arts.

FREDDIE FULTON (P-Sam) is making his Long Wharf Theatre debut with this wonderful production of Paradise Blue. He’s truly grateful to this amazing team and for the opportunity to breathe life into stories, such as this one. Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Freddie recently received his MFA in Acting from Columbia University. Other theater credits include: Classic Stage Company’s Julius Caesar (Brutus), Seven Guitars (Floyd), The Seagull (Medvedenko), Fences (Cory), A Soldier’s Play (PFC Peterson), etc. To his family, friends, and supporters (new and old) thank you for your inspiration and love, it means the world to him.

MARGARET ODETTE (Pumpkin) is thrilled to join the Long Wharf Theatre family with this production. NYC: Sensucht (JACK, NYT Critic’s Pick), She Kills Monsters (The Flea / Vampire Cowboys, NYT Critic’s Pick), Figaro (The Pearl), The Electric Lighthouse (The Flea), Asian American MixFest (Atlantic). Regional: Smart People (WAM / Williamstown); The House That Will Not Stand (NYS&F); Jump (Chautauqua); Skeleton Crew, A Raisin in the Sun, Good People, The Bluest Eye. Film: Sleeping with Other People. TV: “Instinct,” “Elementary” (directed by Lucy Liu). Margaret is a co-founder and producer for HomeBase Theatre Collective. BA Brown University (Weston Acting Award recipient); MFA NYU Tisch Grad Acting. www.margaretodette.com

CAROLYN MICHELLE SMITH (Silver) Broadway: Romeo and Juliet directed by David Leveaux starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad. Off-Broadway: Hit The Wall (Barrow Street Theatre), Soldier X (HEREArts Center). Film/TV: “Luke Cage” (Netflix), “Notorious” (ABC), “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC), “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC), “Colony” (USA), and “House of Cards” (Netflix), “Code Black” (CBS). “The Oath” (Crackle), and Sunny Daze directed by Jason Wiles. Education: Fordham University and Juilliard. Special Thanks to Awoye Timpo for her spectacular vision and artistry, and Erica, James, and Paul at Calleri Casting for their wonderful dedication and support. 

STEPHEN TYRONE WILLIAMS (Blue) Broadway: Lucky Guy (Broadhurst) and Jitney (Friedman). Off-Broadway: Harper Regan (Atlantic Theater Company), My Children! My Africa! (Signature Theatre – Drama League award & Clive Barnes nom), Burning (New Group), and Hallway Trilogy (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater). Regional: Gem of the Ocean (Hartford Stage), Fences (Seattle Repertory/Syracuse Stage – SALT nom), Ruined (Intiman/Geffen Playhouse), Topdog/Underdog (Actors Theatre of Louisville), and Measure for Measure (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey). Select Film: Tobacco Burn, Children of God, Restless City, Greetings from Tim Buckley, and Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. Select TV: “Elementary,” “Person of Interest,” “Unforgettable,” and “The Knick.



Set Design:  Yu-Hsuan Chen°
Costume Design:  Lex Liang°
Lighting Design:  Oona Curley°
Sound Design:  Daniel Kluger°
Composer:  Alphonso Horne
Hair & Wig Design:  Jason P. Hayes°
Fight Director:  UnkleDave’s Fight-House
Original Artwork:  Hollis King
Production Stage Manager:  Gwendolyn M. Gilliam*
Assistant Stage Manager:  Amy Patricia Stern*
Dialect Coach: Jerome Butler

Casting by Calleri Casting


“Paradise Blue” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

The World Premiere of Paradise Blue was produced by the Williamstown Theatre Festival in July, 2015
Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director; Stephen M. Kaus, Producer