Pittsburgh, 1904—the eve of Aunt Esther’s 287th birthday. A former slave, Aunt Esther is a keeper of tradition and a cleanser of souls. When Citizen Barlow comes to her home seeking asylum and redemption, she sets him off on a poetic and spiritual journey to find the City of Bones at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, a repository of the memory and tragedy of the Middle Passage. Gem of the Ocean is the ninth play in Wilson’s ten-play Pittsburgh Cycle that chronicles a century of African-American life. Directed by Akin Babatunde, Theodore U. Horger ‘61 Artist-in-Residence for the Performing and Visual Arts.
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