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Michigan premiere of James Ijames’ play opens May 24

Preview May 16, 2019 Encore Staff

ANN ARBOR—Theatre NOVA presents the Michigan premiere of Kill Move Paradise by James Ijames from May 23 through June 16.

Kill Move Paradise tells the story of Isa, Daz, Grif, and Tiny, four black men who find themselves stuck in a cosmic waiting room in the afterlife trying to find the logic in the senselessness. Wrenched out of their young lives before they even knew what was happening, they confront the brutal reality of their pasts and scramble to make sense of their surreal new world. Audacious, often hilarious, and original, Kill Move Paradise depicts these young men as symbols of hope and illustrates the possibilities of collective transformation and radical acts of joy.

Directed by Diane Hill, Kill Move Paradise features Miles Bond, Dan Johnson, Jonathan Jones, and Dez Walker. The production and design team includes Forrest Hejkal (scenic design), Daniel C. Walker (lighting design), Brian E. Buckner (original music), Haley Cook (costume design), and Alona Shewach (stage manager, props).

James Ijames is a Philadelphia-based performer and playwright. James is a 2011 Independence Foundation Fellow, a 2015 Pew Fellow for Playwriting, the 2015 winner of the Terrance McNally New Play Award.  James is a founding member of Orbiter 3, Philadelphia’s first playwright producing collective and a mentor for “The Foundry.” He received a B.A. in Drama from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and a M.F.A. in Acting from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. James is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Villanova University.

Tickets are  $22 (Pay-what-you-can tickets available for every performance) and are available by calling 734-635-8450, or online at www.theatreNOVA.org.

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