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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom - Full Length Play, Drama

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

August Wilson

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Full Length Play, Drama

8m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573681134

Winner! New York Drama Critics Circle Award

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Period

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1920s

Settings Of Play - A recording studio in Chicago, 1927.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Broadway

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.

REVIEWS

"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.

Characters

CASTING

8m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

Casting includes 5 black and 3 white males, 2 black females

STURDYVANT
IRVIN
CUTLER
TOLDEO
SLOW DRAG
LEVEE
MA RAINEY
POLICEMAN
DUSSIE MAE
SYLVESTER
Videos
  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom National Theatre Trailer

  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Milwaukee Rep scene

  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Arizona Theatre Company scene

  • "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," Live in The Greene Space

Author
August Wilson

August Wilson

August Wilson (April 27, 1945-October 2, 2005) authored Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Fences, Two Trains Running, Jitney, King Hedley II, and Radio Golf. These works explore the heritage and experience of the descendants of Africans in North America, decade-by-decade, over the course of the twentieth century, forming the ... view full profile

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