Gem of the Ocean

Run Time:
Two hours and 30 minutes with one intermission
Opened: December 6, 2004
Closing: February 06, 2005

Gem of the Ocean - 2004 - Broadway History , Info & More

Walter Kerr Theatre (Broadway)
219 West 48th St. New York, NY

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson takes us to the beginning of his 20th century cycle with this play set in 1904 Pittsburgh. When Citizen Barlow, in spiritual turmoil, arrives at Aunt Ester�s house claiming sanctuary from Caesar, the local constable, he sets into motion a series of events, including a journey to the City of Bones, which leads to startling discoveries and sets him on a course where duty leads to redemption.

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Gem of the Ocean has had 2 productions including Broadway which opened in 2004 and Broadway which opened in 2004.
Gem of the Ocean has been nominated for several Tony Awards. It was nominated for Best Play, Best Costume Design of a Play for Constanza Romero, Best Lighting Design of a Play for Donald Holder, and Best Scenic Design of a Play for David Gallo.
Gem of the Ocean has been nominated for two awards. It was nominated for Outstanding Broadway Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards. Additionally, Donald Holder was nominated for Outstanding Lighting Design at the Outer Critics Circle Awards.



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