Blues for An Alabama Sky (Stage Play) by Pearl Cleage

  • Dates: June 28, 2024 - July 7, 2024
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
  • Presenting Organization: Agape Theatre Project
  • Venue: The Murphey School
  • Location: Downtown Raleigh
  • Address: 224 Polk St., Raleigh, NC 27604
  • Phone: 919.414.3957
  • Times: Fri. 7:30pm; Sat. 4pm; Sun. 3pm
  • Admission: $28.50+


Blues for an Alabama Sky chronicles the aspirations and tribulations of five characters whose lives intersect in an apartment building in Harlem over an eight- week period during the summer of 1930. As the playwright Pearl Cleage notes in setting the action, “The creative euphoria of the Harlem Renaissance has given way to the harsher realities of the Great Depression.” The characters battle economic hardship and the challenges of finding success in a society where racism, sexism and homophobia challenge them at every turn. The lives of the onstage characters are set against a panoramic view of the vibrant African American culture of the period, as they interact with key historical figures, move among iconic community landmarks and play roles in evolving social movements.