Midwest Premiere

April 26 – July 23, 2017

“We all got sadness. But I like to turn mine into fire, baby. What you do with yours?”

A dynamic and jazz-infused drama about what’s at stake when building a better future. In Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood in 1949, a gifted trumpeter and troubled owner of the Paradise jazz nightclub is contemplating a buyout offer for the city’s urban renewal plan. As the inhabitants of the famed but faltering jazz club ponder their options and dream of a better life, relationships are tested, new challengers emerge, and a mysterious woman arrives to turn their world upside down. As the fate of all their lives looms, they must decide whether to fight to save what’s theirs or risk it all for a chance at redemption.

This latest play from Dominique Morisseau’s widely acclaimed cycle of plays about Detroit once again proves why she’s one of America’s most urgent playwrights.

Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, one intermission

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Production Team


* Member of Actors Equity Association

# Member of United Scenic Artists

~ Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

+ TimeLine Company Member

^ TimeLine Associate Artist

§ TimeLine Playwrights Collective

Discussions & Events

  • MyLine Preview Pizza Party: PARADISE BLUE
    Friday, April 28 at 6:45 pm

    Pizza, drinks and a special pre-show discussion before PARADISE BLUE.

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  • Opening Night Celebration: PARADISE BLUE
    Thursday, May 4 at 7:30pm

    This Midwest Premiere is the final production of our 2016-17 Season.

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  • Post-Show Discussions
    Various dates

    Join us for informal post-show discussions with members of the production team and cast.

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  • Company Member Discussion
    Sunday, May 21

    Join us for an informal chat with TimeLine’s Company Members after today’s performance.

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  • PRE-Show Discussions
    Various dates

    Join us for an informal sneak peek into the show with members of the production team.

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  • Sunday Scholars Series
    Sunday, June 4 at 4:30 pm

    This one-hour post-show panel discussion features experts on the themes of the play.

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  • Open Captioned Performance
    Saturday, June 10 at 4 pm

    Featuring a text display of words and sounds heard during the performance.

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    Sunday, July 23 at 2pm

    The final performance of the jazz-infused drama, part of Morisseau’s “Detroit Trilogy”.

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