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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Off Off Broadway Play - Drama — 

August Wilson's electrifying drama, set in Chicago during the Harlem Renaissance, explores the blues, what it means to be an artist, and race relations in America.

The play's epic voice speaks eloquently about the nature of our culture, the struggles of artists and how different generations have perceived the opportunities available to them: opportunities which reflected changes in the society with regard to power dynamics and race. The title refers to a song of the same title by Ma Rainey referring to the Black Bottom dance. Rainey, an early, seminal recording artist, is called The Mother of the Blues. This play is set in a Chicago recording studio in 1927, where band members are waiting to record a new album with her. She is portrayed as an imperious, commanding star who is nevertheless realistic and connected to the tender origins of her music.

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Pricing information
$15.00 — $30.00
Prices subject to change.


Regular-priced ticket information
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Listed At TKTS
Never

Preview
None

Opening date
June 14, 2012

Closing date
July 8, 2012

Running Time
Approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes, including intermission.

Audience advisory
No evening performance Saturday 6/16

Age guidance
16

Show Notes
Seniors $25/Students $15
Aaron Davis Hall
W 135th St (Convent Ave)
New York, NY 10031
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  July 8, 2012 —  July 21, 2012
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By subway
to 137th St at Broadway; A, B, C, D to 125th St at St. and Nicholas Avenue.
By bus
From the East Side: M-101 to 135th St. & Amsterdam Ave. From the West Side: M-11 to 135th St. and Amsterdam Avenue; M-4, M-5 to 135th St. and Broadway.