Kill Move Paradise – Next Act Theatre

Kill Move ParadiseSeptember 22-October 16

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KILL MOVE PARADISE by James Ijames: In a space somewhere between past and future, between now and nowhere, four Black men meet. Isa, Daz, Grif and Tiny have been torn from the lives they knew and thrust into limbo, just to find out they are four more names on an ever-growing list. Their struggle for identity and meaning evolves into an electrifying fusion of words, movement, combat, music, dance and play that express both profound grief and radical joy. Far from merely cold statistics of slain Black men and women, James Ijames sketches moving portraits of vibrant lives cut short.

Run time for KILL MOVE PARADISE is 1 hour, 30 minutes with no intermission.

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Cez says: “Director Marti Gobel proposed this play to me for Next Act and it’s easy to understand why. The author serves up his play to Marti’s adept directorial skills, calling for visceral story-telling powered by music, movement and imagination. We are in good hands.”

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Cast & Show Gallery

Marques Causey as Isa

Ibraheem Farmer as Grif

Dimonte Henning as Daz

Joseph Brown Jr. as Tiny


Marti Gobel, Director

David Cecsarini, Production Designer

Trinae Williams-Henning, Costume Designer

Maaz Ahmed, Lighting Designer

Josh Schmidt, Sound Designer

Kemet Gobel, Sound Designer, Composer

Freedom Gobel, Movement/Vocal Assistant

Michael Van Dreser, Lighting Design Consultant, Set Builder, Technical Director

Mitch Schmidt, Set Builder

Malaina Moore, Directing Intern

Jessica Connelly, Production Stage Manager

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It is unlikely you will see another show like this on a Milwaukee stage this year; it is well worth your time to see this one.

– Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Playgoers will never experience anything like being a part of the play as they do for “Kill Move Paradise.”

– Reggie Jackson, Milwaukee Independent

…a theatrical tour-de-force that sidesteps rhetoric to reveal something more essential: the beating hearts of four men in all their humanity.

– Jeff Grygny, Play On MKE

Director Marti Gobel is equally fearless, allowing very brutal moments of silence to glacially migrate across the stage with overwhelming power.

– Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express

The four actors do an excellent job of creating a genuine rapport that helps to bind the production together.


– Anne Siegel,

This talented quartet of performers has so much to unpack in this show and they do so brilliantly, handling the physicality, the often-beautiful language – even some melodic harmonies and in-sync dance – with energy and passion.

– Marilyn Jozwik, Wisconsin Theater Spotlight

…the ensemble of three adult actors do an extraordinary job of world building.

– Gwendolyn Rice,

Ijames’ prose style makes for a very sharp read … He wields words with grace.

– Russ Bickerstaff, The Small Stage

In actors Marcus Causey, Dimonte Henning, Ibraheem Farmer, and Brown, [Gobel] and Cecsarini have the perfect cast

– John Schneider, Shepherd Express