Gem of The Ocean

Gem of The Ocean
Theatre: Walter Kerr
Status: Closed
(November 23, 2004 - February 06, 2005 )
  • Preview: November 23, 2004
  • Open: December 6, 2004
  • Close: February 6, 2005
Play - Broadway Premiere
Running Time: 2hrs 30mins

This is the ninth play in the cycle of plays chronicling the black American experience in each decade of the 20th Century and is set in 1904, becoming the first play, chronologically, in Mr Wilson’s odyssey through the century. “Gem...” introduces Citizen Barlow, a man in spiritual turmoil who arrives at the house of Aunt Esther in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. When he claims sanctuary from the local constable, he puts into motion a series of events which lead to startling discoveries and set him on a course where duty leads to redemption.

For The Record:


“Gem of the Ocean” was given its World Premiere by the Mark Taper Forum (Gordon Davidson, Artistic Dir) in Los Angeles, CA on July 31, 2003.

Total Gross: $2,577,530
Average Weekly Gross: $234,321
Total Attendance: 54,245
Average Weekly Attendance: 66%

Staff & Creative Team

General Manager:

Stuart Thompson Productions

Casting Director:

Harriet Bass Casting

Advertising Representative:


Production Stage Manager:

Narda Alcorn


Kenny Leon


David Gallo


Donald Holder

Original Music:

Kathryn Bostic


Aunt Ester 11/23/2004 - 02/06/2005
Caesar 11/23/2004 - 02/06/2005
Black Mary 11/23/2004 - 02/06/2005
Solly Two Kings 11/23/2004 - 02/06/2005
Citizen Barlow 11/23/2004 - 02/06/2006
Eli 11/23/2004 - 02/06/2005