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Blue Door

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Written by Tanya Barfield

African American man in brightly lit doorway

Directed by Akin Babatundé

Don’t miss the REP’s return to live performance!

Deep questions of personal and cultural identity, hidden underneath a carefully crafted façade of confidence and success, suddenly erupt in the soul of an African American mathematics professor when his white wife announces that she is leaving him over his refusal to attend the Million Man March.

Suffering from a disorienting bout of insomnia brought on by the implosion of his marriage, he inadvertently conjures the specters of his ancestors who lead him on an emotionally charged and often humorous journey through the past and present.

Brilliantly balanced between tragedy and comedy and woven through with original songs, Blue Door packs a powerful punch for all people as with great theatricality it examines important issues of identity, race, and the impact of the past on the present.

Blue Door Performance Dates

​Thursday​Feb. 24​7:30 PM​Preview
​Friday​Feb. 25​7:30 PM​Preview
​Saturday​Feb. 26​7:30 PM​Opening
​Sunday​Feb. 27​2 PM
​Thursday​Mar. 3​7:30 PM​Talkback
​Friday​Mar. 4​7:30 PM
​Saturday​Mar. 5​2 PM​Prologue
​Saturday​Mar. 5​7:30 PM
​Sunday​Mar. 6​2 PM
​Thursday​Mar. 10​7:30 PM
​Friday​Mar. 11​7:30 PM​Talkback
​Saturday​Mar. 12​2 PM
​Saturday​Mar. 12​7:30 PM
​Sunday​Mar. 13​2 PM​Prologue

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Single tickets will go on sale in February.

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REP productions are supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.  The Division promotes Delaware arts events on

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Please be aware that when attending live performances, you must follow the University of Delaware’s health guidelines for live events.

  • Masks are required for all individuals, whether vaccinated or not, while inside all campus buildings.
  • Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, or a negative PCR coronavirus test taken within 72 hours of the event, or documentation that you have been released from isolation after a positive COVID-19 test within the past 90 days is required for ALL visitors ages 12 or older attending events on the University of Delaware’s campus. Paper or digital copies of documentation will be accepted.
  • All event attendees — including Visitors, UD students, faculty and staff — will need to complete the UD Daily Health Check and show the ticket icon or check reflecting health clearance for venue/community access. CLICK HERE for the daily UD Daily Health Check.

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