Winner! New York Drama Critics Circle Award
August Wilson is the recipient of the 1986 Whiting Award for Drama
"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
- Minimum Fee: $100 per performance
- Optional Music/Media Fee: $25 per performance
- Time Period: 1920s
- Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: A recording studio in Chicago, 1927.
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
- Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
- Multicultural casting
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
Casting includes 5 black and 3 white males, 2 black females
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom was first presented at the Yale Repertory Theatre on April 6, 1984. It was directed by Lloyd Richards.