Gem of the Ocean By August Wilson Directed by Gregg T. Daniel. Gem of the Ocean is set in 1904. Wilson wrote one for each decade. GEM OF THE OCEAN. GET TICKETS; SUBSCRIBE; Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson unfolds the African American legacy in the first chronological episode of his celebrated American Century Cycle—a soaring, mystical tale of a …

Eli prepares to head to bed when there is a violent knock at the door. By August Wilson Directed by Andrea Frye Preview August 23rd Ran August 24th through Sept. 22nd Presented outdoors at 1839 Wylie Ave. in Pittsburgh’s Hill District “Aunt Ester has come home….a searing, solid production” – Sharon Eberson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette It is a young man named Citizen Barlow, demanding to see Aunt Ester, an old woman with a magical reputation for washing people’s souls. Gem of the Ocean is the first in August Wilson's ten play cycle that chronicles the African-American experience in the twentieth century. Act I Prologue: Gem of the Ocean opens late at night at 1839 Wylie Avenue in 1904. Gem of the Ocean is the play that begins it all. Gem of the Ocean unfolds in the home of Aunt Ester, a well known 285-year-old wise woman of the town whose home has become a sanctuary for the troubled and lost. Like most though not all of the plays in the cycle, Gem is set in Pittsburgh. Onto the scene walks Citizen Barlow, a man who has fled from Alabama after indirectly causing another … Set in 1904 Pittsburgh, it is chronologically the first work in August Wilson’s decade-by-decade cycle dramatizing the African American experience during the 20th century—an unprecedented series that includes the Pulitzer Prize–winning plays …