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"Gem of the Ocean" -- A Free Performance of this August Wilson classic

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.

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  • Tony


    September 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Long and flat. Hard to understand a lot of the dialogue, no electricity.

    September 18, 2012

  • Mark

    I'll be there before 6:45 PM. I suggest everyone order their ticket in advance -- while this is a free show, the September 18 performance is getting close to the theater capacity of 486 seats. As with all theatre events, printed tickets will have an actual seat number or simply say "General Admission" where people can sit wherever they want on a first come, first serve basis and I expect there will be a line prior to the doors opening. If you get to the AWC Lobby before 6:45 PM, it shouldn't be too hard to find some members of the various Meetup groups. I'll have a list with those that RSVP'd and we can look out for everyone.

    September 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I certainly wish I could go to see this with the group. It sounds wonderful. I have school that night. : (

    September 12, 2012

  • Mark

    Meet in August Wilson Center (6:45 PM or earlier) prior to 7 PM Performance. Feel free to arrive even earlier to tour some remarkable art exhibits

    September 12, 2012

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