August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone
August Wilson's masterpiece receives its first major London revival at the Young Vic. Delroy Lindo (The Cider House Rules, Malcolm X, Get Shorty) leads a stellar cast including Adjoa Andoh, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Petra Letang and Danny Sapani for David Lan's new production of Joe Turner's Come and Gone by the two time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose work includes Fences, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and The Piano Lesson.
August Wilson's spellbinding account of a people's recovery from the trauma of slavery won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play when first performed on Broadway in 1988. Delroy Lindo was nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Herald Loomis in this production. He will play the part of Bynum Walker at the Young Vic.
It's 1911. After seven long years, Herald Loomis has been released from Joe Turner's slave gang.
Now he is scouring Pittsburgh for the wife he left behind. And for the road that will lead him to freedom and his rightful place in a new world.
This is the second play in the famous 'Pittsburgh Cycle'; Wilson's decade by decade history of black American experience in the twentieth century. It was Wilson's favourite of all his plays - 'After I wrote it I said to myself: If I die tomorrow, I have fulfilled myself as an artist.'
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