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Leaving the Blues

Mar 3 - Apr 2, 2017

World Premiere

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Celebrated Blues singer-songwriter Alberta Hunter (1895-1984) is backstage preparing for a professional comeback, knowing just how many doors to the past it may open. Spanning 60 years, this world premiere play imagines a journey through the public life Hunter led, the private life she hid, and the ghosts that won’t let her forget.


By Jewelle Gomez

Directed by Arturo Catricala


Click here to watch the video trailer


Click here to read about Desiree Rogers preparation for the role of Alberta Hunter as written in the San Francisco Chronicle.



Live Music Thursdays: Join us pre-show Thursday nights (March 9, 16, 23, 30) from 7-8pm for live music from Jamie Zee Trio from Mr. Tipples.

Discount Admission to MoAD: Save 50% on admission to Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) when you purchase a ticket to Leaving the Blues.



"Fascinating, captivating, and totally invigorating story" - Theatre Eddy's


“Gomez is a real storyteller, maybe one of our best” - Bay Area Reporter




Previews (limited amount of pay-what-you-wish tickets): Mar 3 - 10, 2017

Post-show talk back with the playwright: Mar 10

Opening Night sponsored by Minas Brazilian Restaurant: Mar 11, 2017
Post-show talk back with cast: Mar 19, 2017 

Closes: Apr 2, 2017


NCTC is proud to partner with Museum of the African Diaspora for this production.





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