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Gem of the Ocean - Full Length Play, Drama

Gem of the Ocean

August Wilson

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Full Length Play, Drama

5m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573704772

"'Gem' has passages of transporting beauty. Mr. Wilson is at the top of his form." - New York Times

"Slow-burning, powerfully spiritual drama." - Variety

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

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

Interior Set

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Broadway

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.

REVEIWS

"Gem has passages of transporting beauty. Mr. Wilson is at the top of his form." - New York Times

"Slow-burning, powerfully spiritual drama." - Variety 


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Gem of the Ocean premiered at the Goodman Theare in Chicago, IL in April 2003 under the direction of Marion McClinton.

Characters

CASTING

5m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Black Actor(s)

ELI – Aunt Ester’s gatekeeper and longtime friend of Solly.
CITIZEN BARLOW – A young man from Alabama who is in spiritual turmoil. Late twenties/early thirties.
AUNT ESTER TYLER – A very old, yet vital spiritual advisor for the community.
BLACK MARY – Aunt Ester’s protégé and housekeeper. Late twenties.
RUTHERFORD SELIG – A traveling peddler who is a frequent visitor of the house.
SOLLY TWO KINGS – Suitor to Aunt Ester, former Underground Railroad conductor. Sixty-seven.
CAESAR WILKS – Black Mary’s brother and local constable. About fifty-two.
Videos
  • Phylicia rashad performs scene from Gem of the Ocean

  • Scene 1 from Court Theatre's Gem of the Ocean

  • Scene 2 from Court Theatre's Gem of the Ocean

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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Toney Cobb 12/19/2014 12:18 PM
Outstanding, as usual, storytelling and characters from the African American griot himself...the way Mr. Wilson interweaves his cycle continues to amaze me

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