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Blues for an Alabama Sky 

by Pearl Cleage

OPENING RUN: The Historic Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Blvd. Macon, GA 31201

Friday – JUNE 3, 2016 – 8PM

Saturday – JUNE 4, 2016 – 7:30PM

Sunday – JUNE 5, 2016 – 5PM


Play Synopsis:

Angel Allen is a down-and-out back-up singer and the recent ex-girlfriend of an Italian-American gangster. She has lost her job at the Cotton Club and is drowning her bad luck in booze. Once again, she must depend upon her roommate, Guy Jacobs, for support. Guy is a brilliant costume designer (also fired from the Cotton Club) who dreams of sailing off to Paris to design clothes for the internationally renown black, singer/actress, Josephine Baker. Across the hall lives Delia Patterson, a dedicated young social worker, who is being courted by Sam Thomas, a mature general practitioner, who embraces Harlem’s night life in order to forget his unending work days and the grinding poverty of his patients.

Both are supportive of the new birth control movement started by Margaret Sanger and are instrumental in advocating a clinic for Harlem. Into the mix comes Leland Cunningham, a naïve young man who has just moved to notorious Harlem from a small town in Alabama following the death of his wife and unborn child. He is a hard-working, Godfearing Christian who is appalled at the libertarian life-styles he finds in Harlem, that is, until he meets and is smitten with Angel. Filled with humor, love, hope, fear and survival, the play deals with personal and social issues. Though the play takes place in 1930s Harlem, there is a sense of the 1990s in the conflicts taking place. Cleage’s five characters include winners, losers and users who all have their dreams in the difficult time called The Great Depression.



It is the summer of 1930 in Harlem, New York. | The setting is an apartment building in Harlem.

TIME: 1930s | Harlem, New York

CHARACTERS: 2 Females/3 Males

  • ANGEL ALLEN – a thirty-four-year-old black woman who looks five years younger, former back-up singer at the Cotton Club. (Female, 34)
  • GUY JACOBS – a thirtyish black man; costume designer at The Cotton Club. (30, Male)
  • DELIA PATTERSON – a twenty-five-year-old black woman; social worker on staff at the Margaret Sanger family planning clinic. (Female, 25)
  • SAM THOMAS – a forty-year-old doctor at Harlem Hospital. (Male, 40)
  • LELAND CUNNINGHAM – a twenty-eight-year-old black man from Alabama; a six-week resident of Harlem. (Male, 28)



Artistic Director: Thelron Pleas

Director: Rasheedah Caldwell

Stage Manager: Josy Jones

Asst. Stage Manager (Props): Jaquavious Davis

Stage Management Interns – TBD

Asst. Stage Manager II: – (Costumes): Chevette White

Scenic Designer: Thelron Pleas

Lighting Designer: Thelron Pleas

Technical Director: Butch McCrary

Production Manager: Christopher Graddick

Musical Director: Issac Gibson

Production Coordinator I: Bridgitte Jones

Publicity Coordinator: Dr. Thelma Dillard

Season Graphic Designer: Christopher Marcs Designs,