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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Sponsored by:
  • Brown Forman

January 18 - February 13, 2011

Run Time: Two hours and thirty minutes including intermission

by August Wilson
directed by Ron OJ Parson
In this searing drama, a Blues legend and her band make music as they contend with cultural divides and thwarted ambitions.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Greta Oglesby, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Court Theatre, 2009

A searing drama, pulsing with music and tension.
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.

Recommended for ages 12 and up
Contains strong language

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

This production is dedicated to the memory of Israel Hicks.

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Actors Theater of Louisville
316 West Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
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