Time Period - 1900-1910
Settings Of Play - The play is set in 1904, the Hill District, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the parlor of Eli, Aunt Ester and Black Mary’s home.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Set in 1904, August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean begins on the eve of Aunt Esther's 287th birthday. When Citizen Barlow comes to her Pittsburgh's Hill District home seeking asylum, she sets him off on a spiritual journey to find a city in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Gem of the Ocean is the ninth work in Wilson's ten-play cycle that has recorded the American Black experience and helped to define generations. The Broadway run starred Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad as Aunt Esther.
Gem of the Ocean premiered at the Goodman Theare in Chicago, IL in April 2003 under the direction of Marion McClinton.