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August Wilson's

Gem of the Ocean

September 22 - November 16

Gem of the Ocean

By August Wilson

Directed by Gregg T. Daniel

Pulitzer 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.


Lead Sponsor:
Dick & Sally Roberts

artists + cast

The Artists


† 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

Scenic Model by Stephanie Kerley Schwartz