What I Learned In Paris

By Pearl Cleage

February 8th – March 26th, 2023

Single tickets go on sale now

Directed by Lou Bellamy

Starring Cycerli Ash and Lester Purry

Presented in partnership with Penumbra Theatre

BIPOC Performances

Wed, February 15th, 7.30pm 

Sun, February 26th, 2pm

Friday, March 3rd, 7.30pm


It’s 1973, and political change is in the Atlanta air – but so too is love.

A tangled web of romantic intrigue, set against the backdrop of a historic campaign win for Maynard Jackson. As he becomes Atlanta’s first African American mayor, an old friend sweeps back into town bringing with her the temptation of knowledge she has gathered on her Bohemian travels, which she delivers with the intoxicating freedom of always speaking the complete truth. This turn of events promises to turn lives upside down as each character is confronted with expectations, obligations and human emotions and the pull and tug that destiny has on our lives.


Cycerli Ash* Eve Madison

Vinecia Coleman Lena Jefferson

La’Tevin Alexander*^ John Nelson

Lester Purry* J.P. Madison

Lauren Steele Ann Madison


Playwright Pearl Cleage

Director Lou Bellamy *(SDC)

Scenic Designer Vicki Smith

Cultural Competency Consultant Keela Johnson

Head Carpenter Molly Gardner

Head Electrician Allison Blaine

Scenic Artist David Pritchard

Sound Engineer Rory Breshears

Video Engineer Alan Cline

Appears as courtesy of Actor's Equity

Portland Playhouse Apprentice Company Member

Former Portland Playhouse Apprentice Company Member

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