This production was staged as part of our 2014/15 Season

Blues for an Alabama Sky

Blues for an Alabama Sky

April 15 to May 10, 2015 | On the Alliance Stage

The 20th anniversary of the Alliance's world premiere production

Recommended for ages 12+

"Pearl Cleage's masterpiece...a play for the ages, and this production comes dangerously, impossibly close to perfection. A stunning achievement." —Wendell Brock for the AJC

"A first class show in every way." —Manning Harris for Atlanta INtown

From Renaissance to reality

Just like everywhere else, Harlem had a hard time during the Great Depression. But that didn't mean there weren't dreamers. Or world changers. Or creators. And, yes, some "entrepreneurs" (Prohibition? What Prohibition?). Because just like everywhere else, the Depression didn't wipe out hope or love, and it didn't destroy the engine that made the Harlem Renaissance happen in the first place.

And so we find Angel, Guy, and Delia in their impromptu hub of Harlem happenings, pursuing their own version of the Renaissance, and maybe a bit of romance. 

Like all Pearl Cleage characters, they bring heat, heart, humor, and heartache to the stage. And with a cast that features Crystal Fox (What I Learned in Paris), Tyrone Mitchell Henderson (Intimate Apparel), Keith Randolph Smith (God of Carnage), and Tinashe Kajese (True Color's Detroit '67), you'll feel every bit of it.

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Cast & Crew

Cast

  • A Harlem Gentleman/Understudy for Leland/Sam
    Cordell is super blessed, thankful, and happy to be a part of such a wonderful team of artists. He thanks Jody for her belief and support, aunt and uncle for their... read more »
  • Angel
    Crystal has been a part of the Atlanta & regional stage experience for over 30 years! Theatre credits include For Colored Girls, Anthony & Cleopatra, Comedy of... read more »
  • Leland
    Neal is excited to once again hit the Alliance stage in another wonderful year of A Christmas Carol! Alliance Theatre credits include One Flew Over the Cuckoo... read more »
  • Guy
    Tyrone is pleased to be returning to the Alliance for the third time. Alliance credits include Angels in America I & II and Intimate Apparel. New York credits: Noise... read more »
  • Delia
    Tinashe is excited to be working at the Alliance Theatre and was most recently seen in the True Color’s production of Detroit ’67. Originally from Zimbabwe... read more »
  • Sam
    Alliance: The C.A. Lyons Project, King Hedley II, God of Carnage, The Whipping Man. International: Jitney (National Theatre, London). Broadway: The Piano Lesson; Salome... read more »
  • A Harlem Gentleman/Understudy for Guy
    Alex is proud to be working with Alliance Theatre again after understudying for Choir Boy and Shrek last fall. His Atlanta credits include Robin Hood, Petite Rouge: The... read more »

Creative

  • Sound Design
    Clay has been the Resident Sound Designer at the Alliance Theatre for 15 years and has designed more than 85 productions including 26 world premieres, 30 musicals and 20... read more »
  • Playwright
    Pearl is an Atlanta-based playwright and novelist. Her plays include The Nacirema Society, Flyin’ West, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Bourbon at the Border, and A Song... read more »
  • Set Design
  • Costume Design
    Liang’s work includes design for theatre, film, dance and special events. In Love and Warcraft marks his fourth production with the Alliance Theatre, having... read more »
  • Assistant Stage Manager
  • Stage Manager
    Brett is excited to return to the Alliance after working on Blues for an Alabama Sky last season. He has worked most recently at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in... read more »
  • Assistant Stage Manager
    Jayson is proud to return to the Alliance Theatre! He has had the pleasure of working on Alliance productions such as The Geller Girls; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark;... read more »
  • Lighting Design
    Prior Alliance productions include Ghost Brothers of Darkland County; Jesus Christ Superstar-Gospel; Intimate Apparel; and Woody Guthrie’s American Song. He... read more »

Director

  • Director
    Susan V. Booth joined the Alliance Theatre in 2001 and has initiated the Collision Project for teens, the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition,... read more »

Understudy

  • Understudy for Delia
    Danielle is incredibly excited to be back at the Alliance Theatre. She previously understudied at Alliance for Blues for an Alabama Sky (US Delia) and By the Way,... read more »
  • Understudy for Angel
    relishes working on this production of Blues for an Alabama Sky, which marks her acting debut at the Alliance Theatre. She recently received acclaim for her portrayal of... read more »

Audience Feedback

Blog

Bill Nunn - Blues for an Alabama Sky

Alliance Theatre Playwright in Residence Pearl Cleage remembers her friend and colleague, actor Bill Nunn (Do the Right Thing, Spider Man), who starred as Sam in her world premiere production, Blues for an Alabama Sky.

The Alliance Teen Ensemble has the opportunity to see and review each production during the season. See their responses to "Ugly Lies the Bone."

Brooks Ashmanskas, playing Barry Glickman in "The Prom," is a veteran of the stage, having performed in over 20 productions on and off Broadway.

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