Gem of the Ocean (Regional, Shaw Festival, Studio Theatre, 2022) | Playbill

Gem of the Ocean



Pittsburgh, 1904: Amidst boiling racial tensions, Citizen Barlow arrives at the home of Aunt Ester, a 285-year-old healer, who helps him seek redemption from a mistake that’s cost another man his life. She sends Citizen on a powerful, mystical journey to the City of Bones in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean — where he must understand the past in order to forge his own future.

Gem of the Ocean is the first chronological work in August Wilson’s 10-play, Pulitzer Prize-winning Pittsburgh Cycle, dramatizing African American life in the 20th century.

Directed by Philip Akin

Featuring David Alan Anderson, Jason Cadieux, Nathanael Judah, Allan Louis, Monica Parks, Jeremiah Sparks, Sophia Walker


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