Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
Written by August Wilson
ON THE PLAYS & PLAYERS MAINSTAGE
January 19 - February 4
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As emancipated slaves flood north in search of employment and a chance to start over, Seth and Bertha Holly’s boarding house in Pittsburgh, offers a new place to call home in this drama by the multiple Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars and Fences. When an angry and lost man arrives looking for his wife, forcibly removed from him years ago when he was captured and put in a chain gang by a man named Joe Turner, these once strangers are forced to confront their own demons and to come together to help him find his way. This is the first of two plays at P&P that look back at life 100 years ago in celebration of our 100th Anniversary Season. August Wilson is heralded as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century to explore black consciousness and culture.
Following performances of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone will be held on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29. On January 22 the cast of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone will join legendary local actor Johnny Hobbs, Jr. and local playwright Quinn D. Eli, to discuss the play, the continued relevance of August Wilson’s work, and the challenges and opportunities for African-American theater in Philadelphia today.
On Sunday, January 29, the cast of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone will join Dr. Marcella McCoy, Director of the Honors Program at Philadelphia University to discuss the cultural legacy of African-American spirituality and art that connects the world in the play to our lives today.
***My lead actor in my short film Bumming Cigarettes, James Tolbert plays Seth Holly in this wonderful production!! If you have some time and are in the Philly area its definitely a MUST SEE!!!