Celebrating 13 years of African-American Theater in Salt Lake City
(Non-Profit 501(c)-(3) Organization since 2006 and is also a member of the Utah Non-Profits Association)
August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
April 13th-15th and 20th-23rd, 2017
Sugar Space Arts Warehouse (132 S 800 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84104)
Ma Rainey, “the Mother of the Blues,” and her band come to Chicago’s Paramount Records in December 1927 to record some of the songs she has made famous all over the South. By the time the tracks are laid down, one man is dead, and the audience has a record of what it’s like to be Black in the America of the day—or maybe today.
August Wilson, arguably the greatest American playwright to emerge in the past 50 years, has gone relatively unproduced in Utah. The Pioneer Theatre Company has done Fences in 1993 and 2017, and The Piano Lesson in 1996. People Productions did Jitney in 2004. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which has been performed world-wide, receives its Intermountain premiere in the People Productions presentation. Ma Rainey was the first of Wilson’s legendary Ten-Play “Twentieth-Century American Cycle” to be written, and it has never been out of the international repertory since.