One of the finest Bay Area theater productions in recent memory!
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Directed by Tim Bond
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Pittsburgh, 1904: A new century has dawned, but slavery remains a living memory. Citizen Barlow, a man wracked with secret guilt and desperate for redemption, arrives at the doorstep of Aunt Ester, 285-year-old spiritual healer and renowned “washer of souls.” Thus begins a mystical odyssey under the Atlantic to the City of Bones; a journey full of music and vibrant theatricality, as urgent and expansive as the soul of America itself.
The TheatreWorks mainstage directorial debut of Artistic Director Tim Bond—close friend of August Wilson and long-time interpreter of his work—Gem of the Ocean is the first chronological entry in the Pulitzer Prize-winning American Century Cycle, dramatizing African American life throughout the 20th century.
Gem of the Ocean runs approximately two hours and thirty minutes, with one fifteen-minute intermission.
This production contains strong language, adult content, theatrical haze, strobe lighting, and staged pipe smoking.
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“New Artistic Director Tim Bond casts the kind of spell onstage where you, bewitched in the audience, would grab hold of the actors’ hands and accompany them anywhere.” → Read the San Francisco Chronicle review
"Stirring! Tim Bond crafts a jewel!" → Read the Mercury News review
"Sensational! A must-see!" → Read the Talkin' Broadway review