A gaggle of Baltimore theaters is coming collectively to showcase all 10 of August Wilson’s well-known performs in chronological order over the course of three years.Wilson was a well-known African American playwright whose tales spotlight the African American expertise in the course of the twentieth century.Inside Arena Players lies the beginning of a journey that mixes theater and historical past, as actors and actresses carry out August Wilson’s play, “Gem of the Ocean.””It covers the diaspora,” mentioned Donald Owens, the inventive director at Arena Players. “It covers slavery. It covers the Civil War. He touches all of this, and he touches on it as a result of it builds the muse to the opposite tales.””Gem of the Ocean” is the primary of 10 August Wilson performs that will likely be carried out all through Baltimore City as a part of The Baltimore August Wilson Celebration. It’s a collaboration of the Baltimore theater neighborhood, the place theaters everywhere in the metropolis will carry out performs from August Wilson’s American Century Cycle in chronological order. “August Wilson, who is probably our best American playwright, wrote one play for every decade of the twentieth century over his profession and we’re very excited to do that,” mentioned Lesley Malin, the manufacturing government director of the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company and the producer of The Baltimore August Wilson Celebration. “It has by no means been performed wherever else within the nation.”Participating theaters embrace Arena Players, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Everyman Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, ArtsCentric and Fells Point Corner Theatre.Other performs in Wilson’s assortment embrace “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” and “Fences.” Malin mentioned Wilson’s performs have the facility to unite individuals. “He’s such an attractive, poetic chronicler of the Black expertise, however but his work transcends race, transcends class, so it brings in everyone to have this expertise and I believe the extra alternatives to convey town collectively and have these widespread alternatives is actually vital,” Malin mentioned.As various audiences fill the seats at Arena Players for the primary cease on this journey, Owens hopes they go away extra enlightened. “Hopefully, it makes them in order that they need to be inclusive,” Owens mentioned.There’s a passport individuals can take with you on the journey via all of the performs. They get a sticker for every present they attend. There continues to be time to see “Gem of the Ocean” at Arena Players. Click right here for info on tickets. “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” is the following present within the celebration. The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company will carry out it beginning in September. For extra info on the August Wilson Celebration, click on right here.

A gaggle of Baltimore theaters is coming collectively to showcase all 10 of August Wilson’s well-known performs in chronological order over the course of three years.

Wilson was a well-known African American playwright whose tales spotlight the African American expertise in the course of the twentieth century.

Inside Arena Players lies the beginning of a journey that mixes theater and historical past, as actors and actresses carry out August Wilson’s play, “Gem of the Ocean.”

“It covers the diaspora,” mentioned Donald Owens, the inventive director at Arena Players. “It covers slavery. It covers the Civil War. He touches all of this, and he touches on it as a result of it builds the muse to the opposite tales.”

“Gem of the Ocean” is the primary of 10 August Wilson performs that will likely be carried out all through Baltimore City as a part of The Baltimore August Wilson Celebration. It’s a collaboration of the Baltimore theater neighborhood, the place theaters everywhere in the metropolis will carry out performs from August Wilson’s American Century Cycle in chronological order.

“August Wilson, who is probably our best American playwright, wrote one play for every decade of the twentieth century over his profession and we’re very excited to do that,” mentioned Lesley Malin, the manufacturing government director of the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company and the producer of The Baltimore August Wilson Celebration. “It has by no means been performed wherever else within the nation.”

Participating theaters embrace Arena Players, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Everyman Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, ArtsCentric and Fells Point Corner Theatre.

Other performs in Wilson’s assortment embrace “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” and “Fences.” Malin mentioned Wilson’s performs have the facility to unite individuals.

“He’s such an attractive, poetic chronicler of the Black expertise, however but his work transcends race, transcends class, so it brings in everyone to have this expertise and I believe the extra alternatives to convey town collectively and have these widespread alternatives is actually vital,” Malin mentioned.

As various audiences fill the seats at Arena Players for the primary cease on this journey, Owens hopes they go away extra enlightened.

“Hopefully, it makes them in order that they need to be inclusive,” Owens mentioned.

There’s a passport individuals can take with you on the journey via all of the performs. They get a sticker for every present they attend. There continues to be time to see “Gem of the Ocean” at Arena Players. Click here for info on tickets.

“Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” is the following present within the celebration. The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company will carry out it beginning in September. For extra info on the August Wilson Celebration, click on here.