Gem of the Ocean

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April 28 – May 24, 2003 In the Albert
Approximate running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes

A world premiere

August Wilson continues his twentieth-century cycle with Gem of the Ocean, set in 1904. When Citizen Barlow, in spiritual turmoil, arrives at Aunt Ester’s house claiming sanctuary from Caesar, the local constable, he sets into motion a series of events that includes a journey to the City of Bones, which leads to startling discoveries and sets him on a course where duty leads to redemption.

Marion McClinton, who staged the Goodman productions of August Wilson’s Jitney and King Hedley II, returns to direct the latest play in Wilson’s epic cycle chronicling the African American experience in the twentieth century.

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  • Gem of the Ocean Production Photos
    Aunt Ester (Greta Oglesby) shares a quiet moment with Solly Two Kings (Anthony Chisholm) in this scene from the Goodman Theatre's world premiere production of August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean.

  • Gem of the Ocean Production Photos
    Caesar (right, Peter Jay Fernandez) asks Citizen Barlow (2nd from right, Kenny Leon) if he has a job as (l-r) Black Mary (Yvette Ganier) and Eli (Paul Butler) look on in this scene from the Goodman Theatre's world premiere production of August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean.

  • Gem of the Ocean Production Photos
    Aunt Ester (Greta Oglesby) hands Citizen Barlow (Kenny Leon) a boat that will take him to the City of Bones in this scene from the Goodman Theatre's world premiere production of August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean.

  • Gem of the Ocean Production Photos
    Citizen Barlow (Kenny Leon) makes it to the gates of the City of Bones as Aunt Ester (Greta Oglesby) shepherds him on in this scene from the Goodman Theatre's world premiere production of August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean.

  • Gem of the Ocean Production Photos
    Black Mary (Yvette Ganier) washes Aunt Ester's (Greta Oglesby) feet in this scene from the Goodman Theatre's world premiere production of August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean.

  • Gem of the Ocean Production Photos
    Caesar (right, Peter Jay Fernandez) tells Aunt Ester (right, Greta Oglesby) that he has to arrest her as Black Mary (Yvette Ganier) looks on in this scene from the Goodman Theatre's world premiere production of August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean.

  • Gem of the Ocean Rehearsal Photos
    Marion McClinton (director) in rehearsals for the Goodman Theatre's world premiere production of August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean.

  • Gem of the Ocean Rehearsal Photos
    Marion McClinton (director) and August Wilson (playwright) in rehearsals for the Goodman Theatre's world premiere production of August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean.

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