Ma Rainey's Black Bottom


The time is 1927. The place is a rundown recording studio in Chicago. Ma Rainey, the legendary blues singer, is due to arrive with her entourage to cut new sides of old favorites. Waiting for her are her black musician sidemen, the white owner of the record company, and her white manager. What goes down in the session to come is more than music. This first play of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning 20th Century Cycle, it is a riveting portrayal of black rage…of racism, of the self-hate that racism breeds, and of racial exploitation. "Searing ... funny, salty, carnal and lyrical.... Wilson has lighted a dramatic fuse that snakes and hisses through several anguished eras of American life. - The New York Times

Presented by 1st Stage

Show Type
Running Time
155 minutes
(1 Intermission)
Appropriate For All Ages Price Ranges
$15 - $30

Discount Tickets Available Call box office for industry rate

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Box Office Phone: 703-854-1856

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 06/01/2017 - 06/25/2017
Sunday 02:00pm--
Monday ---
Tuesday ---
Wednesday ---
Thursday 7:30pm--
Friday 08:00pm--
Saturday 02:00pm08:00pm-
Important Dates
Performer Role
Michael Anthony Williams Toledo
Tracey Farrar Dussie Mae
William T Newman, Jr Cutler
Jason B McIntosh Slow Drag
Thomascena Nelson Ma Rainey
Clayton Pelham, Jr Levee
Tendo Nsubuga Sylvester
William Aitken Sturdyvant
Joe Palka Irvin
Joshua Witt Policeman
Production Personnel
August Wilson
Deidra LaWan Starnes
Costume Designer
Debra Kim Sivigny
Set Designer
Kathryn Kawecki
Sound Designer
Reid May
Lighting Designer
John D. Alexander


1st Stage
1524 Spring Hill Road, McLean, VA 22101


  • Free onsite parking


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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