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Play explores African-American struggle in a new century
from Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
State continues its fall theatre offerings with Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,
beginning Friday, Nov. 3 and running through Sunday, Nov. 19 in the Playwrights’
Theatre. The play, written by August Wilson and directed by Sacramento State
professor Melinda Wilson, examines African Americans’ search for their cultural
identity following the repression of slavery.
The third of Wilson’s 10-play cycle chronicling the African American experience
in the United States in the 20th century, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone is set
in a Pittsburgh boarding house in 1911 and tells the story of African American
men and women migrating north and searching for a new way of life. The performance
features the story of Herald Loomis, a recently released prisoner arriving in
Pittsburgh after seven years on a chain gang. The play chronicles Loomis’ struggles
as he acclimatizes himself to an unfamiliar world and his struggle to find peace
within himself before embarking on a new existence.
“All of the characters in the play are searching for the one thing that will
enable them to continue in a fragmented society,” says Director Melinda Wilson.
“The play is very much about the African American culture, but it is also about
how spirituality, family, food, love and laughter operate to make people whole
As part of the Department of Theatre and Dance’s 50th anniversary, a special
event with post-show discussions with the director and cast of the play will
take place after the Nov. 5, 8, 12, 15 and 19 performances. There will also
be a silent auction of a Josephine Baker painting Nov. 3-19 in the Playwrights’
Performances on Wednesdays and Thursdays are at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are offered
at the discounted price of $8 general, $5 seniors/students/SARTA (Sacramento
Area Regional Theatre Alliance) members/children 10 and under. Performances
on Fridays and Saturdays are at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12
general, $10 seniors/students/SARTA members, $8 children 10 and under. Tickets
are available at tickets.com or by calling (916) 278-4323.
For more information, contact the Department of Theatre and Dance at (916) 278-6702
or visit www.csus.edu/dram. For media assistance, contact the Public Affairs
office at (916) 278-6156.
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