Blues for an Alabama Sky

By: Pearl Cleage

DIRECTED BY: D Norris*

It is the summer of 1930 in Harlem, New York. The creative euphoria of the Harlem Renaissance has given way to the harsher realities of the Great Depression. Young Reverend Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., is feeding the hungry and preaching an activist gospel at Abyssinian Baptist Church. Black Nationalist visionary Marcus Garvey has been discredited and deported. Birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger is opening a new family planning clinic on 126th Street, and the doctors at Harlem Hospital are scrambling to care for a population whose most deadly disease is poverty. The play brings together a rich cast of characters who reflect the conflicting currents of the time through their overlapping personalities and politics. Set in the Harlem apartment of Guy, a popular costume designer, and his friend, Angel, a recently fired Cotton Club back-up singer, the cast also includes Sam, a hard-working, jazz-loving doctor at Harlem Hospital; Delia, an equally dedicated member of the staff at the Sanger clinic; and Leland, a recent transplant from Tuskegee, who sees in Angel a memory of lost love and a reminder of those “Alabama skies where the stars are so thick it’s bright as day.” Invoking the image of African-American expatriate extraordinaire, Josephine Baker as both muse and myth, Cleage’s characters struggle, as Guy says, “to look beyond 125th Street” for the fulfillment of their dreams.

Recommended for: Ages 16+ due to adult content and violence. There is mild, infrequent adult language. (Why did it get this rating?)

Dates: January 18-February 2, 2019.
Location: Belfry Playhouse (downstairs at Norcross Presbyterian Church
3324 Medlock Bridge Rd
Norcross GA

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Cast

Angel: Sherna Phillips^
Leland: Jonathan McCullum^
Guy: Andre Eaton*
Sam: Rodney Johnson
Delia: Marita McKee^
Understudy: Armanio Cole^
Understudy: Corliss Hambrick^

 

 

 

 

Creative Team

Playwright: Pearl Cleage^
Producer: Lee Jones
Director: D Norris*
Assistant Director: Becca Parker*
Stage Manager: Corliss Hambrick
Assistant Stage Manager:
Set Design: Becca Parker*
Costume Design: Jordan Hermitt*
Lighting Design:
Sound Design:
Properties:
Program/Publicity: Mere Jones
House Manager:
Box Office Manager:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Indicates current or previous LAT Pro Company member
+Indicates member of LAT Intensive Program
^LAT Debut