In "Gem of the Ocean", audiences are transported back to the Hill District in 1904 where slavery, civil war, and underground railroad are still living memories among the elders. But while laws have changed, people are still finding their way living with the hope of a better life -- but what are they facing in 'the pursuit of happiness' in a new life under freedom. People are seeking new opportunities in the North like Pittsburgh where there are many jobs in the mills, other industries, etc. But life is no picnic here either.
In "Gem of the Ocean" the imagery and characters are unforgettable in illuminating the themes that make August Wilson's plays so great -- exploring the tension between the wisdom of the elders and younger generations; how ordinary people can do extraordinary things; and struggles within the broader themes of dignity, faith/hope, justice, and redemption.
This is a play that will make you both laugh and send tingles down spines, and maybe even cry. In "Gem of the Ocean" we meet the legendary Aunt Ester who is carrying the memories and legacy of past generations (dating back to the first slave ship) but with the wisdom/strength to comfort others in need who seek her guidance.
"Gem of the Ocean" features a knock-out cast and is a must-see play. Here is the schedule for the remaining free performances, courtesy of some very generous funding that the August Wilson Center has secured:
Tuesday night September 18 at 7 PM
Tuesday night October 2 at 7 PM
Tuesday night October 9 at 7 PM
This show is General Admission -- so the earlier you get there, the closer you'll have a chance to sit as close to the stage as possible.
While the show is free, you should definitely make a reservation first which is important because of the theater capacity.
Please get your reservations/tickets in advance by calling (412)[masked], or stopping by the Theatre Square Box Office, or going online:
If you don't get your reservations/tickets in advance, then you will have to wait in another line before the performance in order to sign up.