Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom


AUGUST 10-12 | 16-20 | 23-26
RATED: R | Contains adult situations & themes such as language/profanity, sexuality, brief violence (kicking, pushing, heavy arguing), and suggested drug/alcohol use.

It’s 1927 and Ma Rainey, the “Mother of the Blues,” is recording new sides of old favorites in a rundown studio in Chicago. Fiery and determined, Ma Rainey fights to retain control over her music, while her cocky trumpet player Levee dreams of making his own name in the business. More than music goes down in August Wilson’s riveting portrayal of rage, racism, self-hatred and exploitation.