Blues for an Alabama Sky
Lake Charles, LA
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.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Parking is available in the parking lot behind the building. Parking on the facility's grass is strictly prohibited and will be enforced. Any vehicles parked on the grass will be towed at the owner's expense.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
For additional questions, please call Tiffany at (337) 794-2788.
Central School Arts and Humanities Center, Room 108
809 Kirby Street
Stage Presents Theatre LLC
Stage Presents Theatre is a multicultural ensemble using the arts to celebrate diversity, increase social awareness, and effect change. It produces and performs plays written by African, African-American, Asian, Latino, and Native American playwrights to provide a well-rounded cultural and artistic experience.