Gem of the Ocean by August Wilson, the first show for the Black Indigeneity Season, is the origin story for the matriarch within Wilson’s American Century Cycle.
Set in the Hill District of Pittsburgh in 1904, Gem of the Ocean follows the story of Aunt Ester, the local conjure woman of the neighborhood, and the assistance given to Citizen Barlow, a man who has stolen a bucket of nails from the mill which ends in the death of a man accused of the crime. Chronologically this is the first in the Century Cycle, and the only play in which Aunt Ester appears. It is the second play which has the recurrence of the only staple white character of Rutherford Selig. Gem of the Ocean premiered in 2003 at the Goodman theater, before moving to Broadway in 2004. It was nominated for Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Actress, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design and Best Lighting Design.
Virtual and in person shows run from April 14-24. Thursday through Saturday 730pm. Sundays 2pm.
House opens 30 minutes before show time.
Vaccination & Booster cards will be required before entrance into the space. Masks must be worn unless actively eating or drinking.