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Blues at the Alliance


Harlem, NYC. The year is 1930, when, as playwright Pearl Cleage said, “The creative euphoria of the Harlem Renaissance has given way to the harsher realities of the Great Depression.”

It’s when “Everybody in Harlem is singing the blues,” according to the main character, Angel, an unemployed blues singer struggling to find a job.

A story of the struggle to make sense of love and the economic hardship of African-American artists, musicians and social activists, Blues for an Alabama Sky had its world premiere 20 years ago at the Alliance Theatre, and returns to its stage April 15 – May 10.

– Jan Schroder, @GirlontheGoJan

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