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Columbia Festival of the Arts Presents: August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean - A Staged Reading
- The Plot: In Pennsylvania’s Hill District in 1904, authorities have falsely accused an African-American millworker of stealing a bucket of nails. Rather than serve time for a crime he didn’t commit, the man jumps into the river, becoming a martyr for the cause of justice. Riots and strikes break out across the city, and a man named Citizen Barlow finds himself at the home of a 285-year-old healer named Aunt Ester. The keeper of tradition and history for her people, Aunt Ester sends Citizen aboard the slave ship Gem of the Ocean to go in search of the truth about himself and his ancestors.
- The Production: This staged reading is presented by The Pittsburgh Playwright’s Theater Company, led by Mark Clayton Southers, in collaboration with Celebration Church. Of this production, WRTC Radio says, “Southers and his company give vitality and depth to Wilson’s plays, honoring the often brilliant, always fascinating Pittsburgh playwright.”
- The Star Tony Award-nominated actor Anthony Chisholm returns to the role of Solly Two Kings, which he played on Broadway. Audiences might know Chisholm best from his work as Burr Redding on HBO’s Oz
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