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August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

August Wilson

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2f, 8m

Winner! New York Drama Critics Circle Award

August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

by  August Wilson

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  • Cast Size
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    2f, 8m
  • SubGenre
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    Period
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
Accolades
Accolades
  • Winner! New York Drama Critics Circle Award 

    August Wilson is the recipient of the 1986 Whiting Award for Drama

Description
It's 1927 in a rundown studio in Chicago where Ma Rainey is recording new sides of old favorites. More goes down in the session than music in this riveting portrayal of rage, racism, the self hate and exploitation.
History
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom was first presented at the Yale Repertory Theatre on April 6, 1984. It was directed by Lloyd Richards.

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  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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Details

  • Time Period: 1920s
  • Setting: A recording studio.

Casting

2f, 8m
Cast Attributes
  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
STURDYVANT
IRVIN
CUTLER
TOLDEO
SLOW DRAG
LEVEE
MA RAINEY
POLICEMAN
DUSSIE MAE
SYLVESTER
Casting Notes

Casting includes 5 black and 3 white males, 2 black females

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REVIEWS

"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

"Brilliant ... explosive! Dramatically riveting." - Newhouse Newspapers

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  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom National Theatre Trailer

  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Milwaukee Rep scene

  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Arizona Theatre Company scene

  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Live in The Greene Space

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August Wilson

August Wilson (April 27, 1945-October 2, 2005) authored 

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