Blues for an Alabama Sky is now playing at the Pasadena Playhouse. The play is written by Pearl Cleage and directed by director Sheldon Epps. “Blues” tells the story of Harlem in the 1930s and touches on the lives of four friends who struggle to survive in the depression era. Blues singer and nightclub performer Angel (Givens) ca not find a job. Angel’s best friend and roommate Guy is is also out of work, but dreams of being hired to design dresses for singer and dancer Josephine Baker and move to Paris.
Their neighbor Delia is a social worker who is working hard to bring family planning education to the resistant community, while good friend Dr. Sam Thomas is trying to keep peace and find love after years of bring alone.
Leland is from Tuskegee, Alabama and 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.”
Their lives intertwine in both many ways, sometimes humorous and other sad and tragic.
Starring in the play is Robin Givens, Kadeem Hardison, Kevin T. Carroll, Robert Ray Manning, JR and Tessa Thompson.
The cast has does a good job of carrying the play with good chemistry and good direction.
I spoke with Kadeem Hardison before a show performance. Click on the video link below to see what he had to say.
The play runs through November 27th.
Theater goers can see the play at a discount, while tickets last, by using the code BFAS20 for a 20%off at www.pasadenaplayhouse.org or by visitinghttp://www.goldstar.com/events/pasadena-ca/blues-for-an-alabama-sky