August Wilson's
Gem of the Ocean

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

7:00 PM

August Wilson's celebrated 10-play cycle captures 100 years of African American life during each decade of the 20th century.

Join us for an historic series in The Greene Space as an extraordinary cast of actors and directors — many who worked directly with Wilson — gather to make the first-ever recording of all ten plays in August Wilson's American Century Cycle

Directed by Kenny Leon. Scroll down for full cast list.

The live video webcast of this reading is not available for on-demand viewing. Select plays will air on WNYC and public radio stations across the country in spring of 2015, and audio will be available for on-demand streaming here on our website.

Gem of the Ocean is set in 1904 in the Pittsburgh home of Aunt Ester, a 285-year-old former slave and renowned cleanser of souls. A young man from Alabama visits her for help in absolving the guilt and shame he carries from a crime he’s committed, and she takes him on a journey of self-discovery.

CAST LIST:

ELI..............................Eugene Lee

CITIZEN BARLOW...........Chadwick Boseman

AUNT ESTER.................Phylicia Rashad

BLACK MARY................Joniece Abbott-Pratt

RUTHERFORD SELIG......Raynor Scheine

SOLLY TWO KINGS........Anthony Chisholm

CAESAR......................Keith Randolph Smith

Thanks to our philanthropic partners The Ford Foundation whose mission is to support visionary leaders and organizations on the front lines of social change worldwide and The Jerome Robbins Foundation.

Special permission for this project is provided by the Estate of August Wilson. For more information, please visit www.samuelfrench.com