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August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean

The title "August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean" in lavender and white beside a silhouette of a person submerged in dark blue, bubbly water, one arm reaching upwards.

“A swelling battle hymn of transporting beauty.”
–The New York Times

March 5 – April 3, 2022
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage
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An iconic story of freedom, justice, and salvation from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Fences.

Pittsburgh, 1904: Amidst boiling racial tensions, Citizen Barlow arrives at the home of Aunt Ester, a 285-year-old healer, who helps him seek redemption from a mistake that’s cost another man his life. She sends Citizen on a powerful, mystical journey to the City of Bones in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean — where he must understand the past in order to forge his own future.

Gem of the Ocean is the first chronological work in August Wilson’s 10-play, Pulitzer Prize-winning Pittsburgh Cycle, dramatizing African American life in the 20th century.

“A swelling battle hymn of transporting beauty.”
–The New York Times

August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean

  • By August Wilson
  • Directed by Chip Miller
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