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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom by August Wilson

March 16 @ 3:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 3:00pm on Sunday, repeating until March 17, 2019

An event every week that begins at 3:00pm on Saturday, repeating until March 17, 2019

One event on February 27, 2019 at 3:00pm

One event on March 13, 2019 at 3:00pm

Directed by WT Resident Director Ron OJ Parson (East Texas Hot Links, The Caretaker, The Old Settler)

This visceral American classic serves as the 1920s chapter of August Wilson’s epic Century Cycle. What begins as a routine recording session becomes more strained as tensions rise between the members of a blues band and the owners of the recording studio.
The white producers mean to exploit the talents of the band — especially the gifted and impulsive Levee. When Ma insists on having things her way, tensions are enflamed and the play builds to an unexpected and searing climax.

Inspired by the real-life Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, this groundbreaking work is the only play by American icon August Wilson to be set in Chicago. Ma Rainey will envelop you in a vision of the Roaring Twenties, defined by Wilson’s remarkably beautiful language and an extraordinary dramatic conflict between ambition, desperation and love for The Blues.


Writers Theatre
325 Tudor Court
Glencoe, IL 60022 United States
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Box Office Hours:
Sunday & Monday (and days without evening performances): 12pm - 5pm; Tuesday - Saturday: 12pm - 6:30pm


March 16
3:00 pm

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Evening performances may end after Chicago curfew for 12-16 year olds

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