Gem Of The Ocean: 1904
  • Gem Of The Ocean: 1904
  • Gem Of The Ocean: 1904
ISBN: 1559362804
EAN13: 9781559362801
Language: English
Release Date: Jul 1, 2006
Pages: 112
Dimensions: 0.4" H x 8.3" L x 5.3" W
Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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No one except perhaps Eugene O'Neill and Tennessee Williams has aimed so high and achieved so much in the American theater.--John Lahr, The New Yorker

A swelling battle hymn of transporting beauty. Theatergoers who have followed August Wilson's career will find in Gem a touchstone for everything else he has written.--Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Wilson's juiciest material. The play holds the stage and its characters hammer home, strongly, the notion of newfound freedom.--Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

Gem of the Ocean is the play that begins it all. Set in 1904 Pittsburgh, it is chronologically the first work in August Wilson's decade-by-decade cycle dramatizing the African American experience during the 20th century--an unprecedented series that includes the Pulitzer Prize-winning plays Fences and The Piano Lesson. Aunt Esther, the drama's 287-year-old fiery matriarch, welcomes into her Hill District home Solly Two Kings, who was born into slavery and scouted for the Union Army, and Citizen Barlow, a young man from Alabama searching for a new life. Gem of the Ocean recently played across the country and on Broadway, with Phylicia Rashad as Aunt Esther.

Earlier in 2005, on the completion of the final work of his ten play cycle-surely the most ambitious American dramatic project undertaken in Read More chevron_right

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