"Brilliant ... explosive! Dramatically riveting."
- Newhouse Newspapers
Casting Call Info:
- Meet & Greet:
Thursday, January 7, 2016 7p to 9p
Friday, January 8, 2016 7p to 10p &
Saturday, January 9, 2016 10a to 2p
Saturday, January 9, 2016 4p to 7p
Set in a rundown studio in Chicago, in 1927, where Ma Rainey is recording new sides of old favorites. More goes down in the session than music in this riveting portrayal of rage, racism, the self hate and exploitation. The story takes place over the course of an afternoon, as a group of musicians and the legendary blues singer Ma Rainey record several songs. Much of the play takes the form of discussions and arguments among the four musicians, each of whom brings his own perspective to questions of prejudice and the problems facing black people in American society.
Toledo, a thoughtful, serious man, speaks of racial pride and the need for self-determination. Cutler places his trust in religion. Slow Drag is uncomplicated and unwilling to question his lot too deeply. Levee believes that his musical talent will bring him respect and power. Ma Rainey is outspoken, demanding, and well aware that she will be tolerated only as long as her records make money for her white producers.