VIDEO EXCERPT | Taraji P. Henson in August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone"

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Greene Space presented a reading of August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone on Sept. 4, 2013 — part of our historic festival recording all 10 plays in Wilson's American Century Cycle. The plays in the decade-by-decade cycle are being presented in the order in which they premiered.

Setting the Scene
Set in a Pittsburgh boardinghouse in 1911, the play explores the African-American search for cultural identity after the repression of slavery. Boardinghouse owner Seth Holly wants to go into the tinsmithing business, but can't get approved for the loan he would need unless he signs over his establishment - something he's not willing to do.

In this scene, a young attractive woman named Molly Cunningham (Taraji P. Henson) stops in to rent a room from Seth (Keith David). A young tenant named Jeremy (Jason Dirden) is immediately smitten with the new guest.

Watch the excerpt below:


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