Wed August 21 - Sun September 1, 2019

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

August Wilson’s powerful comedy/drama about "the Mother of the Blues" and her band of four musicians. Directed by Lewis Campbell. With Susie Butler as Ma Rainey. August 7 – September 1. Wed-Sat at 8:00pm; Sundays at 2:00pm. The Costume Shop, 1117 Market Street, San Francisco. For tickets and information visit https://www.wehavemet.org

In a Chicago recording studio, Ma Rainey's band members, Cutler, Toledo, Slow Drag, and Levee gather to record a new album of her songs. As they wait for her to arrive, they tell stories, joke, philosophize, and argue. Tension is apparent between the young hot-headed trumpeter Levee, who dreams of having his own band, and veterans Cutler and Toledo. By the time Ma Rainey arrives with entourage in tow, recording has fallen badly behind schedule, enraging white producers Sturdyvant and Irvin. Ma's insistence that her stuttering nephew Sylvester speak the title song's introduction wreaks further havoc. As the band waits for various technical problems to be solved, Levee and Toledo come to blows.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom opened at the Yale Repertory Theater in 1984 and subsequently moved to Broadway. In 1985, it won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award as Outstanding New Play. A 1993 Broadway revival featured Charles S. Dutton as Levee and Whoopi Goldberg as Ma Rainey
August Wilson’s powerful comedy/drama about "the Mother of the Blues" and her band of four musicians. Directed by Lewis Campbell. With Susie Butler as Ma Rainey. August 7 – September 1. Wed-Sat at 8:00pm; Sundays at 2:00pm. The Costume Shop, 1117 Market Street, San Francisco....
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