Opening Night for “Kill Move Paradise,” by award-winning playwright James Ijames, a world premiere closing the 48th season of Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre (NBT). Set in an otherworldly place, the play follows four Black males ripped prematurely from Earth by police brutality, vigilante “justice” and racist acts, as they confront the reality of their pasts and scramble to make sense of their new world. Inspired by recent events, “Kill Move Paradise” is an expressionistic buzz saw through the contemporary myth that “all lives matter,” a portrait of the slain, not as degenerates deserving death but as heroes demanding we see them for the glorious beings they are. The show falls under the theme of this season, “In Pursuit of Black Joy,” and runs from May 31 through June 25, 2017.
Actors Ryan Jamaal Swain, Donnell E. Smith, Clinton Lowe and Sidiki Fofana; director Saheem Ali; and James Ijames, and NBT CEO and Director of Theatre Arts Sade Lythcott and Jonathan McCrory.
Saturday, June 3, 2017, 7:30 pm
Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre, 2031 Fifth Avenue between 125th and 126th Streets, Harlem