Gem of the Ocean to shimmer in the intimate confines of Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company’s new venue with an extended-extended run
The tribe has spoken! Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company will extend the run of August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean directed by Mark Clayton Southers through June 30th at its new home on the third floor of 937 Liberty Avenue (a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust) in the Cultural District, Downtown.
"I'm very pleased that this play has had such a wonderful response from our theatre going community, said Mark Clayton Southers, PPTCO artistic director. “The word of mouth has really made this production successful. The actors, crew and designers have really worked hard and are appreciative of the many wonderful and great comments"
Take a break from the heat in the air-conditioned, handicapped accessible (with a modern working elevator) environs of intimate theatre space that allows you to experience the magic and mystery of the soul-searching journey to the City of Bones.
Nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Play, August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean is a haunting, soulful tale that chronologically begins August Wilson’s epic ten-play “Century Cycle” about the African-American experience and sets the stage for his other plays, including next season’s production of his final chapter, Radio Golf.
"As in the past, Southers and his company give vitality and depth to Wilson’s plays, honoring the often brilliant, always fascinating Pittsburgh playwright."
"Chrystal Bates’ portrayal of the nearly-three century-old Aunt Ester was nothing short of mesmerizing"
"Powerful images and heartfelt performances"
"The richest of all Wilson's plays"
The Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company
in association with the August Wilson Center
GEM OF THE OCEAN
By August Wilson
Directed by Mark Clayton Southers
August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean features the potent power of Aunt Ester, Wilson’s gatekeeper to spiritual matters, and the hearts of the Hill residents she loves. When Aunt Ester opens her home to the troubled Citizen Barlow, a recent migrant from the rural South, a battle ensues not only within Citizen, who begs Aunt Ester to “wash his soul,” but also between Citizen and Caesar Wilkes, a stern man of the law, threatened by Citizen’s independence and defiance of his authority. As Solly Two Kings becomes a mentor for Citizen and a model of a man, bound by nothing but freedom, Citizen must choose a past steeped in fear, or a future made glorious with destiny and purpose.
Our ninth production of Mr. Wilson's ten play Pittsburgh Century Cycle.
June 1st - June 30th, 2012 (Second extension!)
At Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater
937 Liberty Ave, 3rd Floor (A project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust)
Eli - Kevin Brown
* This actor appears courtesy of Actor’s Equity
Funding for this event was provided by Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh, an initiative of The Pittsburgh Foundation and the Heinz Endowments, and by the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. Continuing support provided by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. New York City. Photos by Mark Clayton Southers.