Ancient Greeks laid the foundations for contemporary theater by composing the first plays and stealing the first Tony Awards from Mount Olympus. Celebrate theatrical progress with this GrouponLive deal to see the Rubicon Theatre Company perform Gem of the Ocean at the Rubicon Theatre. Groupon customers will receive the best available seating at the time of reservation. Each ticket includes one beverage and a cookie (a $4 value). Choose from the following options:
- For $28, you get one ticket for the performance on Thursday, May 24, at 8 p.m. (up to a $56 total value, including fees).
- For $23, you get one ticket for the performance on Friday, May 25, at 8 p.m. (up to a $46 total value, including fees).
- For $30, you get one ticket for the performance on Saturday, May 26, at 8 p.m. (up to a $61 total value, including fees).
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.
When August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean opened in New York in 2004, the New York Times called it “a touchstone for everything else [Wilson] has written.” Directed by James O'Neil, this mystical drama delves into the thematic territory of remembrance and forgiveness. As Aunt Ester, Tony Award–winner Lillias White leads a cast of seven who embody their characters with more skill and dedication than an alien posing as the president.
In its 14th season, Rubicon upholds its dedication to producing provocative theater that celebrates the human spirit. The ensemble has embodied this mission through a diverse collection of shows populated with redemptive characters, from world premieres such as the folk-musical revue Lonesome Traveler, to time-tested classics including Steel Magnolias, and a developmental production of The Tempest, in which Prospero beatboxes all of his shipwrecking spells. Customers should be advised, this production contains strong language and mature content.