Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Theatre: Royale
Status: Closed
(January 22, 2003 - April 06, 2003 )
  • Preview: January 22, 2003
  • Open: February 6, 2003
  • Close: April 6, 2003
Play - Revival
Running Time: 2hrs 45mins

One of the ten-play Pittsburgh Cycle by August Wilson that chronicles the twentieth century African American experience. The play is set in Chicago in the 1920s (the only play in the group not set in Pittsburgh), and deals with issues of race, art, religion and the historic exploitation of black recording artists by white producers.

For The Record:

The original production of “Ma Rainey...” opened on B’way on Oct 11, 1984 at the Cort.  Lloyd Richards directed a cast which included Theresa Merritt (Ma Rainey), Charles S Dutton, Joe Seneca & Lou Criscuolo, among others. 

Total Gross: $2,427,214
Average Weekly Gross: $220,656
Total Gross Potential: 40%
Total Attendance: 45,737
Average Weekly Attendance: 52%

Cast

Levee 01/22/2003 - 04/06/2003
Ma Rainey 01/22/2003 - 04/06/2003
Sturdyvant 01/22/2003 - 04/06/2003
Toledo 01/22/2003 - 04/06/2003
Irvin 01/22/2003 - 04/06/2003
Cutler 01/22/2003 - 04/06/2003
Slow Drag 01/22/2003 - 04/06/2003