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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*Sunday Night Insights (evening conversation held over Zoom so that ticketholders from any date may join)

Join us for Black Out Night: Saturday, October 1 at 8:00 p.m. In an effort to honor, support and empower Black artistry, Next Act will create an environment where an all Black-identifying audience can experience and discuss KILL MOVE PARADISE in a supportive and safe space. There will be a catered reception starting at 7:00 p.m. and a spirit talk to follow the performance. For information or tickets, email or call (414) 278-0765.

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