Kill Move Paradise by James IJames

This StageWorks production is rescheduled for August 23, 2022 (from May) at 7:30pm at Ensemble on the Avenue (602 E. Mishawaka Avenue, Mishawaka)Staged readings are done with script in hand (no memorizing necessary), using minimal props, costumes, lighting or other technical effects. 

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THE STORY: Four black men find themselves stuck in a waiting room for the afterlife. As they attempt to make sense of their new paradise, Isa, Daz, Grif, and Tiny are forced to confront the reality of their past, and how they arrived in this unearthly place. Inspired by the ever-growing list of slain black men and women, KILL MOVE PARADISE illustrates the potential for collective transformation and radical acts of joy.

…urgent and hypnotic…[a] bleak and beautiful…drama by James Ijames…KILL MOVE PARADISE is a singularly affecting contribution to a niche genre of theater that often comes across as labored and contrived. I mean plays set in an afterlife where the deceased see their time on earth through the prism of eternity.” —NY Times.

“Ijames has written a challenging and fine actor’s play…KILL MOVE PARADISE is bold, conceptual, living theater, demanding to be heard. Ijames [is] a vital voice in [our] politically seditious and most perilous time. It is also profoundly poetic in its dialogue and characters.” —

“This haunting, elliptical play represents a breakthrough for [Ijames], and for art that considers the value of black lives in America…” —

James Ijames is a Philadelphia-based performer and playwright. He has appeared regionally in productions at the Arden Theatre Company, the Philadelphia Theatre Company, InterAct Theatre Company, the Wilma Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, Mauckingbird Theatre Company, and People’s Light and Theatre. James’ plays have been produced by Flashpoint Theatre Company, Orbiter 3, Theatre Horizon (Philadelphia), the National Black Theatre (NYC), and Ally Theatre Company (Washington, D.C.) and have received development with PlayPenn’s New Play Conference, the Lark, Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, Villanova Theatre, the Gulfshore Playhouse, the Wilma Theater, Azuka Theatre, InterAct Theatre Company, and Victory Gardens. James is the 2011 recipient of the F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist, and he also won two Barrymores for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play for SUPERIOR DONUTS and ANGELS IN AMERICA and one Barrymore for Outstanding Direction of a Play for THE BROTHERS SIZE with Simpatico Theatre Company. James is a 2011 Independence Foundation Fellow, a 2015 Pew Fellow for Playwriting, the 2015 winner of the Terrance McNally New Play Award for WHITE, the 2015 Kesselring Honorable Mention Prize winner for MIZ MARTHA, and a 2017 recipient of the Whiting 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 and resides in South Philadelphia.


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