Playhouse on the Square featuring Gem of the Ocean
By Lisa Lynch
Set in 1904, Gem of the Ocean is chronologically the first of ten plays in August Wilson’s acclaimed Century Cycle examining the African-American experience, decade-by-decade. When Citizen Barlow lets another man die for one of his crimes, it sparks a chain of events that drives a community deeper into turmoil and sets Citizen on a journey to redemption in which he must remember the pain of the past before he can truly be free. The New York Times calls this play “a swelling battle hymn of transporting beauty.”
Gem of the Ocean is directed by Tony Horne (No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs) and features Emmanuel McKinney making his Playhouse on the Square debut as Citizen. Also featured are Lazora Jones, Jamie Mann (Superior Donuts), Ron Gephart (2011 Recipient of the Eugart Yerian Award for Lifetime Achievement), Mark Davis, Morgan Malone, and Rozell Henderson.
Gem of the Ocean runs at Playhouse on the Square September 23 – October 16, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. Playhouse on the Square is located at 66 S. Cooper St. in Midtown. For more information or to make reservations, please call 901-726-4656.