August Wilson's 20th Century: Joe Turner's Come and Gone
Thursday, March 06, 2008 - Sunday, March 30, 2008

Released from many grueling years on a plantation chain gang, Herald Loomis journeys north in search of a new life. With his young daughter, he struggles to find his place--and his long-lost wife--while staying in a Pittsburgh boardinghouse.

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"One of the most important voices in the American theater"
--The New York Times

Joe Turner's Come and Gone (1910s)
Directed by Todd Kreidler

Released from many grueling years on a plantation chain gang, Herald Loomis joins the great Northern migration for the promise of a new life. With his young daughter, he struggles to find his place--and his long-lost wife--while staying in a Pittsburgh boardinghouse.
--Running Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes, with one intermission--

CASTING
Seth Holly: Eugene Lee
Bertha Holly: LaTanya Richardson Jackson
Bynum Walker: John Beasley
Rutherford Selig: Raynor Scheine
Jeremy Furlow: Montae Russell
Herald Loomis: Russell Hornsby
Zonia Loomis: Dominique Ross
Mattie Campbell: Cherise Boothe
Reuben Mercer: Terrance Thomas
Molly Cunningham: Michole Briana White
Martha Pentecost: Rosalyn Coleman

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An American icon, August Wilson depicted the human condition like no other playwright of his time. His legacy lives on through his crowning achievement: a cycle of 10 plays chronicling the African American experience, each set in a different decade of the 20th century. Crafted over nearly 25 years, these works garnered Wilson myriad accolades, including a Tony Award and two Pulitzer Prizes. Bringing them together for the first time ever, the Kennedy Center presents staged readings of all 10 of Wilson's masterpieces, frequently dubbed "The Pittsburgh Cycle," as all but one are grounded in the city of his youth.

More than 30 stars of stage and screen join Artistic Director Kenny Leon and six other acclaimed directors for this historic month-long celebration (March 4–April 6, 2008). Complemented with costumes, lighting, and scenery, the plays will be performed in chronological order--collectively revealing Wilson's sweeping vision of the challenge and glory of being black in America.

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