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Thu, Oct 06



August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean

Set in 1904, August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean begins on the eve of Aunt Ester's 285th birthday. When Citizen Barlow comes to her Pittsburgh's Hill District home seeking asylum, she sets him off on a spiritual journey to find a city in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

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August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean
August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean

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Oct 06, 2022, 7:30 PM – Oct 09, 2022, 4:00 PM

Charlotte, Booth Playhouse, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA

About the event

Gem of the Ocean is the play that begins it all. Set in 1904 Pittsburgh, it is chronologically the first work in August Wilson’s decade-by-decade cycle dramatizing the African American experience during the 20th century. Aunt Esther, the drama’s 287-year-old fiery matriarch, welcomes into her Hill District home Solly Two Kings, who was born into slavery and scouted for the Union Army, and Citizen Barlow, a young man from Alabama searching for a new life. 


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