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August Wilson's

Gem of the Ocean

September 22 - November 16
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Gem of the Ocean

By August Wilson

Directed by Gregg T. Daniel

criticschoicebucketPulitzer Prize winner August Wilson unfolds the African American legacy in the first chronological episode of his celebrated American Century Cycle—a soaring, mystical tale of a man desperate for redemption in 1904 Pittsburgh. Aunt Ester, a 285-year-old “soul cleanser,” sends him on a spiritual journey that dissects the nature of freedom amidst oppression and spurs him to take up the mantle of justice.

Please note that this production will use strobe lights and water-based hazer.

Running Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission. Late seating at House Manager’s discretion.

“A DAZZLING REVIVAL!
Suspenseful, funny and poignant. Gregg T. Daniel doesn’t miss a beat of the possibilities in Wilson’s text.”
- Los Angeles Times

"A STIRRING PRODUCTION!
Gem of the Ocean stunningly weaves together mankind’s brutality and mankind’s hope, theatrical mysticism and theatrical realism, soaring language and earthy language."
- Pasadena Star News

“IMPRESSIVE!
Gem is ANW’s first foray into August Wilson territory, a fact that makes the production’s strength all the more laudable. One of his best plays.”
- Cultural Weekly

"THRILLING!
Not to be missed. Truly it’s a spectacle that only theater can provide. One hundred years ago feels brand new at A Noise Within."
- Coloradoboulevard.net

SPONSORS:

Lead Sponsor:
Dick & Sally Roberts

Co-Sponsor:
William & Priscilla Kennedy

artists + cast

The Artists

Cast


† Designer is represented by United Scenic Artists Local USA-829 of the IATSE
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage
Managers in the United States.
§ The Director is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.
ANW Resident Artist

Header photo by Daniel Reichert. Pictured: Evan Lewis Smith.

Originally Produced on Broadway by
Carole Shorenstein Hays
Jujamcyn Theaters

Originally presented at National Playwright’s Conference of The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center

Gem of the Ocean Production Photos
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Pictured: Veralyn Jones and Kevin Jackson. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

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Pictured: Veralyn Jones. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

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Pictured: Carolyn Ratteray and Chuma Gault. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

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Pictured: (foreground) Evan Lewis Smith and Veralyn Jones; (background) Carolyn Ratteray. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

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Pictured: Kevin Jackson and Evan Lewis Smith. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

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Pictured: (foreground) Veralyn Jones and Evan Lewis Smith; (background) Carolyn Ratteray. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

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Pictured: Alex Morris, Veralyn Jones, Evan Lewis Smith, Carolyn Ratteray, and Kevin Jackson. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

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Pictured: Evan Lewis Smith and ensemble. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

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Pictured: Kevin Jackson, Veralyn Jones, Evan Lewis Smith, and Carolyn Ratteray. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

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Pictured: Veralyn Jones, Evan Lewis Smith, Alex Morris, and Carolyn Ratteray. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

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Scenic Model by Stephanie Kerley Schwartz