Full Length Play
More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 1920s
Settings Of Play - A recording studio in Chicago, 1927.
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RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Winner! New York Drama Critics Circle Award
August Wilson is the recipient of the 1986 Whiting Award for Drama
It's 1927 in a rundown studio in Chicago where Ma Rainey is recording new sides of old favorites. More goes down in the session than music in this riveting portrayal of rage, racism, the self hate and exploitation.
"Searing ... funny, salty, carnal and lyrical.... Wilson has lighted a dramatic fuse that snakes and hisses through several anguished eras of American life. When the fuse reaches its explosive final destination, the audience is impaled by the impact." - The New York Times
"Powerfully relevant! Ma Rainey challenges and nourishes, shocks and heals." - Los Angeles Times, Read More
"Brilliant ... explosive! Dramatically riveting." - Newhouse Newspapers
Check out these photos from the Center Theatre Group's production of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom in September 2016.
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom was first presented at the Yale Repertory Theatre on April 6, 1984. It was directed by Lloyd Richards.