April 28 – May 24, 2003
2 hours and 30 minutes
A world premiere
August Wilson continues his twentieth-century cycle with Gem of the Ocean, set in 1904. When Citizen Barlow, in spiritual turmoil, arrives at Aunt Ester’s house claiming sanctuary from Caesar, the local constable, he sets into motion a series of events that includes a journey to the City of Bones, which leads to startling discoveries and sets him on a course where duty leads to redemption.
Marion McClinton, who staged the Goodman productions of August Wilson’s Jitney and King Hedley II, returns to direct the latest play in Wilson’s epic cycle chronicling the African American experience in the twentieth century.