The Harlem Renaissance is the setting for Pearl Cleage’s 1995 play, in which the lives of four New Yorkers are interrupted by a new transplant from rural Alabama. Though they live at the dawn of the Great Depression, the characters in Blues for an Alabama Sky confront challenges that are not unlike our own. Cleage is an acclaimed author and Playwright-in-Residence at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre. Acting professor Kaja Dunn directs.
Tickets: 18, $12 (UNC Charlotte faculty, staff, and alumni), $10 (seniors, active military, and veterans), $8 (students). CoA+A majors receive a complimentary ticket through the 49erArtsLink program.
We are pleased to offer these special events in conjucntion with our production of Blues for an Alabama Sky:
Thursday, April 25: Post-show Audience Conversation facilitated by Assistant Professor Chris Berry in the Black Box Theater. Share your thoughts and questions about Blues for an Alabama Sky with other members of the audience and the show’s cast and crew.
Friday, April 26: Pre-show Dessert and Talk: “Black Womanhood and the Harlem Renaissance.” 6pm in the Choir Room, Robinson Hall. UNC Charlotte professor Dr. Janaka Lewis will discuss Black women’s agency and visibility within mainstream movements for women’s rights.
Sunday, April 28: Panel Discussion Featuring Playwright Pearl Cleage. 4:30pm in the Choir Room, Robinson Hall. Pearl Cleage joins UNC Charlotte Africana Studies department chair Dr. Julia Jordan-Zachary and student dramaturg Alex Gomes for a lively discussion about the themes, ideas and politics of Blues for an Alabama Sky.