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The only one of Wilson's monumental cycle to shift scene from Pittsburgh--landing us instead in Chicago, where we find legendary monarch of the Blues, Ma Rainey, and her marvelous assemblage of less-than-merry musicians. As we wait to discover Will She or Won't She, we learn gradually of the pitfalls and perils that lie in wait for each of these proud, ambitious artists outside the recording studio walls, and inside their sometimes tormented hearts. After all, it's 1927; and with the Jazz Age in full swing it's a moment as full of possibility as risk for those striving to achieve the American side of being African American. Featuring CENTERSTAGE Associate Artist E. Faye Butler in the title role of this modern classic.

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