What I Learned in Paris
by Pearl Cleage
directed by ​Lou Bellamy
February 19, 2022 - March 19, 2022

It’s 1973, Maynard Jackson has just been elected Atlanta’s first African American mayor and the city is poised to become the “new Black capital of America.” Change is in the air—and so is love! As Jackson’s campaign operatives make history, passions ignite and lives get turned upside down—especially when an unexpected visitor breezes back into town. Called “funny and cunning…with whip-smart dialogue” (Chicago Tribune), this fast-paced romantic comedy by the author of Blues for an Alabama Sky and the New York Times bestseller What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, speaks to the intersection of race, class and gender at a pivotal time.


Due to the current surge of COVID-19, the performance run of What I Learned in Paris by Pearl Cleage, originally scheduled to begin Feb. 12, will now start one week later on Feb. 19. What I Learned in Paris will run through Mar. 19, with the same number of performances as originally planned. The decision to delay rehearsals and performances was made in the interest of protecting the health and safety of all our artists, staff, volunteers and audiences. Ticket holders for the following performances will be affected by the schedule change:

  • Saturday, Feb. 12 at 8 pm
  • Sunday, Feb. 13 at 7 pm
  • Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 pm
  • Friday, Feb. 18 at 8 pm
  • Saturday, Feb 19 at 2:30 pm only
  • Sunday, Feb. 20 at 2 pm
  • Friday, Feb. 25 at 8 pm

Audiences in all other previously scheduled performances will not be affected.

We apologize for this inconvenience. Our ticket services office will be contacting all the affected ticket holders as quickly as possible about rescheduling their tickets and to inform them of their options. Please be assured that we are taking all the necessary measures to ensure your health and safety when you return. Questions? Please call the ​Box Office at 714-708-5555.

Previews: February 1​9-​24, 2022
First Night: February ​25, 2022
Regular Performances: February ​26-March 1​9, 2022

Recommendation: High school and up.

Pearl Cleage is an Atlanta-based writer whose works include three novels, What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day (Avon Books, 1997), I Wish I Had A Red Dress (Morrow/Avon, 2001), and Some Things I Never Thought I’d Do, (Ballantine/One World, August, 2003); a dozen plays, including Flyin’ West, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Hospice and Bourbon at the Border; two books of essays, Mad at Miles: A Blackwoman’s Guide to Truth and Deals With the Devil and Other Reasons to Riot; and a book of short fiction, The Brass Bed and Other Stories (Third World Press). She is also a performance artist, collaborating frequently with her husband, Zaron W. Burnett, Jr., under the title Live at Club Zebra. The two have performed sold out shows at both the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and The National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a frequent contributor to anthologies and has been featured recently in Proverbs for the People, Contemporary African American Fiction, edited by Tracy Price-Thompson and TaRessa Stovall and in Mending the World, Stories of Family by Contemporary Black Writers, edited by Rosemarie Robotham. She is a Contributing Writer to ESSENCE Magazine, and in 1998, her novel, What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day was an Oprah Book Club pick and spent nine weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.


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Talks & Conversations for
What I Learned in Paris

  • Director/Designer Conversation: Tues., Feb. 22, 2022
  • Actor Conversation: Wed., March 2, 2022
  • Inside the Season: Sat., March 5, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Performance Perspective: Wed., March ​9 and ​Thurs., March 10, 2022
  • ASL Performance: Sat., ​March 12, 2022 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Deep Dive: ​Wed., March 16, 2022
  • Playwright/Dramaturg Conversation: ​Fri., March 1​8, 2022 
See the full schedule

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