Joe Turner's Come and Gone

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Samuel French, Inc., 1990 - Drama - 168 pages
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Drama / Casting: 6m, 5f / Scenery: Interior Sets

Set in a black boardinghouse in Pittsburgh in 1911, this drama by the author of The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars and Fences is an installment in the author's series chronicling black life in each decade of this century. Each denizen of the boardinghouse has a different relationship to a past of slavery as well as to the urban present. They include the proprietors, an eccentric clairvoyant with a penchant for old country voodoo, a young homeboy up from the South and a mysterious stranger who is searching for his wife.

"Gives haunting voice to the souls of the American dispossessed."-The New York Times

"It is Wilson's epic vision, power and poetic sense that lift Joe Turner to strange and compelling heights."-New York Daily News

"A lovely, moving play."-New York Post

 

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This play of August Wilson is set in 1911 at the home of Seth and Bertha Holly. Seth rents out rooms in his house and Bertha provides two meals a day. Bynum, a rootworker, and Jeremy a young kid who ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
4
Section 3
6
Section 4
13
Section 5
55
Section 6
87
Section 7
143
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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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