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August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean

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“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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Single tickets go on sale September 15.

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

Portland Center Stage at The Armory is committed to identifying & interrupting instances of racism & all forms of oppression, through the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, & accessibility (IDEA).

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