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(L–R) January LaVoy, Glynn Turman, Gabriel Brown, Lillias White, Skye Barrett, and Keith David in August Wilson's "Joe Turner’s Come and Gone."

Photo by Craig Schwartz.

August Wilson's

Joe Turner's Come and Gone

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Apr 24 – Jun 9, 2013

Mark Taper Forum

Joe Turner's Come and Gone

It is 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.

In this historic drama, part of 10 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).

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Performance Length

Approx. 2 hours and 27 minutes, including one intermission.

Be Aware

Recommended for audiences ages 13+

Children 6 and under who may cry or fidget are never admitted.