Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre is pleased to present The American
Century Cycle: Gem of the Ocean by August Wilson February 23-March 11.
Most recently, Wilson has been notable in the media for being the
playwright of Fences, the 2016-2017 Oscar award nominated film. MET’s
production is directed by Karen Paisley, featuring Sheri
Roulette-Mosley, Shawna Peña-Downing, Priest Hughes, Jerron O’Neal,
Lewis J. Morrow, Granvile O’Neal, and George Forbes.
Set in 1904, August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean begins on the eve of Aunt
Esther’s 287th birthday. When Citizen Barlow comes to her Pittsburgh’s
Hill District home seeking asylum, she sets him off on a spiritual
journey to find a city in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Gem of the
Ocean is the ninth work in Wilson’s ten-play cycle that has recorded the
American Black experience and helped to define generations. Other plays
in the American Century Cycle that have been produced by MET include
Fences, Jitney, and Piano Lesson.