Syracuse Stage: August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Starts:  9/9/2008  Ends: 10/4/2008
Event:     Syracuse Stage: August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Location:  Syracuse Stage, 820 E Genesee St, Syracuse
For More Info:  315-443-2636      Website:
August Wilson’s
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Directed by Timothy Bond
September 9 – October 4
A young horn player with a pocket full of songs and a head
full of dreams longs to place his name among the giants of the
blues, legends of the likes of Ma Rainey, for whom he is a
session sideman. Ma has pushed the boundaries, struggling
with shady producers and battling prejudice to become a
successful recording artist and the Mother of the Blues. Now, in
a single day of making music, making jokes and making deals,
the young horn player succumbs to the harsh realities of unjustly
thwarted aspirations and the self-destructive consequences of
misdirected anger and violence. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is
the landmark, contemporary classic that marked August
Wilson’s entry into his monumental ten-play chronicle of
African-American life in the 20th century.


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