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2025 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

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Paradise Square

Closed February 17, 2019

Paradise Square takes us to a critical moment in the history of the United States, raising questions about American identity that are still at the fore of our public consciousness 150 years later.

Tony Taccone, Artistic Director

Why See Paradise Square?


A Powerful Tale Set at a Time Where Black and Irish Americans Walked Hand in Hand

New musical Paradise Square sees its world premiere early next year in San Francisco. With an award-winning and passionate cast and crew, this fresh musical not only entertains but depicts a story that happened over one hundred years ago with topics still relevant today.

Told alongside 19th century music and in between traditional Irish step-dancing and African Juba dancing, the story is set on a Manhattan block in 1863 where black and Irish Americans live and work in harmony before their lifestyles are challenged by the oncoming Civil War.

With whites enlisting and blacks being stopped from serving the country, will racial tensions finally start to come to the surface?

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Opening night: 27 December 2018

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Cast and Creative


Directed by Mois├ęs Kaufman

Written by Marcus Gardley and Craig Lucas 

Choreographed by Bill T. Jones

Music is composed by Jason Howland and Larry Kirwan

Lyrics by Nathan Tysen 

Scenic design by Allen Moyer

Costume design by Toni-Leslie James

Lighting design by Donald Holder

Sound design by Jon Weston

Orchestrations and music supervision are by Howland

What you thought

9 reviews, average rating: (3.3 Stars)

3.5 star rating

Kathy Kramer: “Fabulous Play!”

My husband, daughter, and I saw "Paradise Square" last night at Berkeley... more

Colleen Sullivan: “Amazing ”

This musical is inspiring, beautiful, thought provoking and original!!!!... more

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