General: $14, Student/Senior: $12, Friends: $10
“A swelling battle hymn of transporting beauty” ~ Ben Brantley, The New York Times
Gem of the Ocean by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright August Wilson, is, chronologically, the first work of his ten play cycle dramatizing the African American experience during the 20th century.
Mythic in its proportions, Gem of the Ocean travels to 1904 Pittsburgh, when slavery was a living memory and African Americans were searching for a new life within the uncertain meaning of freedom.
Drifter Citizen Barlow arrives at the home of Aunt Ester in search of asylum and spiritual redemption. At 287 years old, Aunt Ester guides Barlow on a soaring, lyrical journey of self-discovery to the mythical City of Bones, on which, Ester tells Barlow, everything is built. Once there, Barlow finds absolution and makes a startling discovery of faith that moves him to act beyond the boundaries of his conscience.
“It’s hard to be a citizen. You gonna have to fight to get that. And time you get it, you be surprised how heavy it is.” ~ Solly Two Kings
Directed by John Harris with Jade Arnold, Gil Faison, Juanda LaJoyce Holley, Thomasi McDonald, Sherida McMullan, John Murphy and Phillip Bernard Smith.
Production Team: Tracey Broome (Props Designer), James Carnahan (Set Designer), Elizabeth Droessler (Lighting Designer), Marissa Erickson (Costume Designer), John Harris (Director), John Paul Middlesworth (Technical Director).
Additional performances on May 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17 at 8pm and May 11 and 18 at 3pm.