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Photo Flash: The Guthrie Theatre presents 'Gem of the Ocean'

The Guthrie presents The Penumbra Theatre Company production of Gem of the OCEAN by August Wilson and directed by Lou Bellamy.

Reality and mysticism collide in August Wilson's Gem of the OCEAN. Set in Pittsburgh in 1904 we are introduced to Aunt Ester, a 285-year-old fiery matriarch. A cleanser of souls, she gives strength, hope, and solace to African Americans who find themselves on her door step. As they struggle to find their place in a free United States, Aunt Esther serves as a connection to their African ancestors, history and traditions. When she meets Citizen Barlow, a young man from Alabama in a state of great spiritual turmoil, she takes him on a journey to the mythic City of Bones at the bottom of the sea. It is on this fantastical journey he makes startling discoveries about guilt, duty and redemption.

The Guthrie is proud to present this Penumbra Theatre production on the McGuire Proscenium Stage. Called "the greatest stage poet since Tennessee Williams" by the New York Times, Wilson depicted the human condition like no other playwright of his time. His legacy lives on through his crowning achievement: a cycle of 10 plays chronicling the African American experience in the United States. Don't miss this legendary experience — the first play in Wilson's Twentieth Century Cycle.

Previews Begin:
April 22, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.

Opening Night:
April 25, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.

May 18, 2008 at 1 p.m.

Priced at $24.00 - $69.00
Guthrie Box Office: 612.377.2224
Greater Minnesota: TOLL FREE 877.44.STAGE
Box Office hours: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily
Tickets may be purchased online at

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