Joe Turner's Come and Gone on Broadway
Lincoln Center Theater presents a new production of August Wilson's award-winning drama Joe Turner's Come And Gone, directed by Bartlett Sher. Joe Turner's Come and Gone is part of Wilson's ten-play Century Cycle, which depicts the African American experience in each decade of the twentieth century. The play originally opened on Broadway in 1988, where it received a Tony Award nod for Best Play and also won that year's New York Drama Critics Circle Award.
August Wilson is the author of such plays as The Piano Lesson, Gem of the Ocean and Fences, and he received two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. All of his works focus on the African-American experience in America and deal with issues such as racial identity, economic standing, and family relations.
Bartlett Sher directed the play The Butterfly Collection at Playwrights Horizons in 2000. He's currently represented on Broadway by Lincoln Center's hit revival of South Pacific, for which he earned the 2008 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards. He also received Tony nominations for Awake and Sing! in 2005 and The Light in the Piazza in '06. Sher also direct the world premiere of the new musical Bruce Lee: Journey to the West, slated for Broadway in 2010. He has recently been appointed Resident Director of Lincoln Center Theater.
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Set in 1911, August Wilson's play Joe Turner's Come and Gone tells the story of Herald Loomis, a man who, after serving seven years hard labor, has journeyed North with his daughter and arrives at a Pittsburgh boarding house filled with memorable characters who aid him in his search for his inner freedom.
Bartlett Sher (Direction)
Lincoln Center Theater (Producer)
August Wilson (Playwright)
Age May be inappropriate for 13 and under. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
Summary When a man and his daughter arrive at a Pittsburgh boarding house (circa 1911), they find that owners Bertha and Seth are providing a kind of home for the "family" of those who stay there. And it's here, in this vibrant community, that the man realizes he may finally find a new life.
Our Recommendation This Broadway revival is a fine production of August Wilson's play that captures the historical period in which many descendents of slaves moved North in the hopes of escaping their pasts.