october, 2019

25oct7:30 pm9:30 pmAugust Wilson's Gem of the OceanKrannert Center for the Performing Arts

August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean

Event Details

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson passed away in 2005, but this Illinois Theatre production carries on his legacy with direction by Wilson collaborator Chuck Smith and a newly composed and choreographed “City of Bones” section in collaboration with Dance at Illinois.

Gem of the Ocean is the first installment of The Pittsburgh Cycle, Wilson’s 10-play chronicle of the African-American experience in the 20th century. Citizen Barlow, a young African-American man, arrives in Pittsburgh from the South years after the Civil War. A woman named Aunt Ester, who is said to be 285 years old and possess healing powers, decides to help Barlow along on his life’s journey.

This performance contains adult content. There are also two opportunities to go behind the scenes with a pre-show conversation:

  • Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2 pm
  • $10 admission for either (inc. dessert and beverages)


(Friday) 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL 61801

Future Event Times in this Repeating Event Series

october 26, 2019 7:30 pm - october 26, 2019 9:30 pmoctober 27, 2019 7:30 pm - october 27, 2019 9:30 pm


$10 – $25