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Kill Move Paradise

In association with Lorraine Hansberry Theatre

Written by James Ijames

Directed by Darryl V. Jones

Winner of the 2018 Kesselring Prize

July 5–August 4, 2019

M.A.D. Night: Thursday, July 18 (especially for folks 25 and under)

Talk it Out Tuesday: August 6, 7pm The systematic dehumanization and degradation of black Americans is our nation’s original sin. We can turn things around, but it’s going to take all of us. Join this spirited and important discussion about how we all need to participate in this solution. This discussion will last roughly 75 minutes.


Four black men find themselves stuck in a waiting room for the afterlife. As they attempt to make sense of their new surroundings, Isa, Daz, Grif, and Tiny are forced to confront the reality of their past. Created in response to the ever-growing list of slain black men and women, Kill Move Paradise illustrates the potential for collective transformation and radical acts of joy.

Playwright James Ijames says, “[they] embody all the ways in which we try to be human. They are jealous, they are kind, they are maternal and paternal, they are pushed physically to the edge of something and then fall. You can’t deny their humanity. And they are all black. So the audience has to see them as they are. Imagining the white version of them is not an option.”

The New York Times says, “Kill Move Paradise radiates an urgent and hypnotic theatrical energy.”

Run time is 80 minutes with no intermission.


Press release

This production contains water-based fog, recorded gunshot sound effects, and strong language. Content advisories for the whole season here.

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“Astonishing… visionary direction”
—Lily Janiak | San Francisco Chronicle
“A moving, emotional, must-see experience. Don’t miss it” “Stellar” “Heartfelt, nuanced performances”
—Emily S. Mendel | Berkeleyside

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There are often walk-up seats available each night. Wait list starts one hour before showtime!

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