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Joe Turner's Come and Gone


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Project  D.A.T.E.

Direct Access Theatre Experience
June 1, 2013
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Stage Talks

Tues., May 14, 2013
Sun. matinee, May 26, 2013
Tues., May 28, 2013

Performance Length

2 hrs 27 mins
including intermission

Be Aware

Recommended for children age 13+
Children 6 and under who may cry or fidget are never admitted.


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“A pitch-perfect realization of perhaps the late August Wilson’s most ambitious and richly accomplished work. Don’t wait: this is essential theater.”

 –  The Hollywood Reporter

“Magnificent. Powerfully Acted. Emotional Clarity.”

"This powerfully acted production under the direction of Phylicia Rashad, is a gift for audiences hungering for theatrical nourishment...  Fortified with history, politics and religion, the play bursts with the rituals of communal life" - More online
- Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times

“A DRAMA OF INDISPUTABLE GREATNESS. It is magically larger than life and exactly, precisely life size.”

- The New York Times

“Why God got to be so big? Why he got to be bigger than me?”

- Loomis in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone by August Wilson

Phylicia Rashad sees reality reflected in August Wilson play.
Read the Orange County Register article…

IT’S AUGUST 1911 as the Great Migration brings a revolving band of strangers to the door of Seth and Bertha Holly’s Pittsburgh boarding house. Lost souls migrating to the industrial North in search of work, a new life, somewhere to belong.

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Joe Turner's Come and GoneJoe Turner’s Come and Gone Performances Magazine now available

In this historic drama, part of ten celebrated works chronicling the African-American experience of the 20th Century, two-time Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner August Wilson says “They arrive carrying Bibles and guitars, their pockets lined with dust and fresh hope.”

With so many forces at work — mystical, emotional, financial — and the looming fear that Joe Turner will spirit them away back to the oppressive South — this unlikely family of strangers must forge new identities together or alone in this extraordinary drama helmed by Tony Award® winner Phylicia Rashad (director of last season’s triumph A Raisin in the Sun at the Kirk Douglas Theatre).

From “Freed-Man” to Free: The Distance of the Journey

Joe Turner's Come and GoneRead about the turn of the century history depicted in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and The Royale.


  • By
    August Wilson
  • Directed by
    Phylicia Rashad
  • Scenic Design by
    John Iacovelli
  • Costume Design by
    Karen Perry
  • Lighting Design by
    Allen Lee Hughes
  • Sound Design by
    Cricket S. Myers
  • Wigs and Hair Design by
    Carol F. Doran
  • Original Music by
    Kathryn Bostic
  • Skye Barrett
  • Gabriel Brown
  • Keith David
  • January LaVoy
  • Vivian Nixon
  • Nathaniel James Potvin
  • Raynor Scheine
  • Erica Tazel
  • John Douglas Thompson
  • Glynn Turman
  • Lillias White