Set in 1904, the new play begins on the eve of Aunt Esther's 287th birthday. When Citizen Barlow comes to her Pittsburgh's Hill District home seeking asylum, she sets him off on a spiritual journey to find a city in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Anthony Chisholm (Two Trains Running), Yvette Gainer and Raynor Scheine (Joe Turner's Come and Gone) — who played in the same Marion McClinton directed Goodman staging — are joined by new cast members Ruben Santiago Hudson (Seven Guitars), Peter Francis James, Phylicia Rashad (Blue, "The Cosby Show") and Al White (Two Trains Running).
For tickets to Gem of the Ocean at the Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Los Angeles, CA, call (213) 628-2772. For more information, visit www.taperahmanson.com.