Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

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An American masterpiece, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is an incredibly powerful depiction of rage, racism, and exploitation set in 1927 Chicago during a recording session at a white-owned studio with the legendary singer—inspired by real-life Mother of the Blues Gertrude “Ma” Rainey. Tony Award® winner Phylicia Rashad directs this groundbreaking play from Wilson’s celebrated Cycle chronicling the African-American experience of the 20th century.

Show Details

Dates: Opening Night: September 1, 2016 Final Performance: October 16, 2016
Location: Mark Taper Forum, California

135 N Grand Ave,

Los Angeles,


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Theatermania Review

| | September 20, 2016
Phylicia Rashad directs the revival of August Wilson’s early entry in his Pittsburgh Cycle.