Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Hits the Stage at Two River Theater
Ruben Santiago-Hudson directs the August Wilson classic.
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom celebrates its official opening tomorrow night at Two River Theater, where performances are set to run through October 9.
Under the direction of Ruben Santiago-Hudson, the cast features Chanté Adams (Dussie May), Harvy Blanks (Slow Drag), Brian D. Coats (Toledo), Michael Cumpsty (Irvin), Brandon J. Dirden (Levee), Bob Mackasek (Policeman), Marcel Spears (Sylvester), Peter Van Wagner (Sturdyvant), Arnetia Walker (Ma Rainey), and James A. Williams (Cutler).
The second installment of August Wilson's Century Cycle, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is set in the 1920s and takes audiences into the world of legendary singer Ma Rainey (the real-life "Mother of the Blues") as she lays down tracks with her band in a Chicago recording studio.
The play marks Santiago-Hudson's third August Wilson production at Two River Theater, following his mountings of Two Trains Running and Jitney.