Gem of the Ocean - Shaw Festival Theatre

Gem of the Ocean
Gem of the Ocean
The first play in August Wilson’s THE AMERICAN CENTURY CYCLE, his legendary ten-play cycle on the African-American experience in the 20th century.
August 5 - October 9
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How can we ever come to terms with the crimes of the past? Aunt Ester, the 285-year-old “washer of souls” at the centre of this poetic masterpiece, has an answer. When a young man who is  drowning in guilt comes to her door, she sends him on a quest to find the mythical City of Bones. His spiritual journey through history takes place against the backdrop of very real events in the 1904 Pittsburgh of the play. This is the first in August Wilson’s THE AMERICAN CENTURY CYCLE, his legendary ten-play cycle on the African-American experience in the 20th century.

Technical Credits
Originally Produced on Broadway by
Carole Shorenstein Hays
Jujamcyn Theaters
Originally presented at National Playwright’s Conference of The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center
Directed by Philip Akin
Set designed by Camellia Koo
Costumes designed by Laura Delchiaro
Lighting designed by Kevin Lamotte
Projections designed by Cameron Davis
Original music and sound designed by Miquelon Rodriguez

“August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

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Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre sponsor
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Nov 6: Governors Council and Premier $1000+
Nov 8: Sustaining, Contributing and Business $400+
Nov 11: Supporting $200+
Nov 13: Annual $100+
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