Grand Theatre Hosts Free Reading Of MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM

February 4
1:48 PM 2010

Grand Theatre hosts a Free Reading of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom by August Wilson

The reading will feature Dee Dee Darby-Duffin and Darryl Stamp, directed by Frederick Jackson
Monday, February 8 @ 7PM in the SLCC Black Box Theatre located on the 3rd floor of the
Salt Lake Community College South City Campus, 1575 South State Street.
Seating is Limited.

A 1927 recording studio in Chicago. Downstairs in the band room, Ma's musicians wait for her, their conversation focused on what it means to be a black man in America. Upstairs the white record producers fret because the country's taste in music is changing, and Ma, their meal ticket, is losing her appeal. And Ma herself is a force of nature who understands the power of her music and the money it makes.

Presented by the Grand Theatre and the Edward Lewis Black Theatre Festival

Grand Theatre, People Productions, Plan-B Theatre Company, Pygmalion Productions and Utah Contemporary Theatre, present THE EDWARD LEWIS BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL.

A conversation sprung up when Grand Theatre, Plan-B Theatre Company, Pygmalion Productions and Utah Contemporary Theatre discovered that, serendipitously, they had independently programmed four plays about the black experience in America, all scheduled to run during the first quarter of 2010. It became clear that, working together, we had a rare opportunity to offer the community an extended celebration of Black History Month.

But how?

It all came together in a discussion about the future viability of People Productions following the death of its founder Edward Lewis. Why not connect the already scheduled productions with a series of readings offered by People Productions?

Five theatre companies. Four free readings. Three full productions.

Ticket sales to each full production are independent. All readings are free.




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