Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Sponsored by:
  • Brown Forman

January 18 - February 13, 2011

by August Wilson
directed by Ron OJ Parson

In this searing drama that pulses with the Blues, the legendary Ma Rainey and her band make music and
deals in a 1927 Chicago recording studio as they contend with thwarted ambitions, the demands of their
producers and the stifling realities of cultural divides. Inspired by real-life Mother of the Blues Gertrude
“Ma” Rainey, this groundbreaking work is part of Wilson’s Tony Award-winning Century Cycle, a series of
plays that explores African American life in the 20th Century.

Sponsored by D.D. Williamson & Co. Inc.

CAST OF CHARACTERS (in alphabetical order)

Sylvester- Jonathan Butler-Duplessis
Irvin- Jonathan Gillard Daly
Levee- Anthony Fleming III
Policeman- Joshua Loren
Dussie Mae- Erynn Mackenzie
Sturdyvant- William McNulty
Ma Rainey- Greta Oglesby
Cutler- Ernest Perry, Jr.
Slow Drag- A.C. Smith
Toledo- Alfred H. Wilson

This production is dedicated to the memory of Israel Hicks.

For Accessibility information, call the Box Office at 502-584-1205 or email

Actors Theater of Louisville
316 West Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Box Office: 502.584.1205
502.371.0956 TDD

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