Gem of the ocean

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Theatre Communications Group, May 1, 2006 - Drama - 85 pages
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"No one except perhaps Eugene O'Neill and Tennessee Williams has aimed so high and achieved so much in the American theater."-John Lahr, The New Yorker "A swelling battle hymn of transporting beauty. Theatergoers who have followed August Wilson's career will find in Gem a touchstone for everything else he has written."-Ben Brantley, The New York Times "Wilson's juiciest material. The play holds the stage and its characters hammer home, strongly, the notion of newfound freedom."-Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune Gem of the Oceanis the play that begins it all. Set in 1904 Pittsburgh, it is chronologically the first work in August Wilson's decade-by-decade cycle dramatizing the African American experience during the 20th century-an unprecedented series that includes the Pulitzer Prizewinning plays Fencesand The Piano Lesson. Aunt Esther, the drama's 287-year-old fiery matriarch, welcomes into her Hill District home Solly Two Kings, who was born into slavery and scouted for the Union Army, and Citizen Barlow, a young man from Alabama searching for a new life. Gem of the Oceanrecently played across the country and on Broadway, with Phylicia Rashad as Aunt Esther. Earlier in 2005, on the completion of the final work of his ten play cycle-surely the most ambitious American dramatic project undertaken in our history- August Wilsondisclosed his bout with cancer, an illness of unusual ferocity that would eventually claim his life on October 2. Fittingly the Broadway theatre where his last play will be produced in 2006 has been renamed the August Wilson Theater in his honor. His legacy will animate the theatre and stir the human heart for decades to come.

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Review: Gem of the Ocean (The Century Cycle #1)

User Review  - Jessica Barkl - Goodreads

From the Center Theatre Group's education files: "August Wilson's CENTURY CYCLE begins in 1904, where we meet Citizen Barlow, a bewildered newcomer to Pittsburgh from teh agrarian deep South. Citizen ... Read full review

Review: Gem of the Ocean (The Century Cycle #1)

User Review  - Adira - Goodreads

I didn't enjoy this play as much as the other Wilson's play I've read. I feltas if too many themes were packed inside of it and the ending wasn't as strong as other endings such as Joe Turners Come ... Read full review

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August Wilson is the most influential and successful African American playwright writing today. He is the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Fences, The Piano Lesson, King Hedley II, Ma Rainy's Black Bottom, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Seven Guitars, Two Trains Running, Jitney and Radio Golf. His plays have been produced all over the world.

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