Gem of the Ocean

Play - Original

Walter Kerr Theatre

  • First Preview: November 23, 2004
  • Opening Date: December 6, 2004
  • Closing Date: February 6, 2005
  • Previews: 15
  • Performances: 72

Playwright: August Wilson

Synopsis

The penultimate entry in August Wilson's 10-play cycle on African-American life in Pittsburgh is set in 1904. Aunt Ester, a 285-year-old former slave, takes wandering fugitive Citizen Barlow into her home and guides him on a mystical journey toward healing his guilt over the crime he has committed.

 

Opening Night Cast

Phylicia Rashad in Gem of the Ocean Phylicia Rashad Aunt Ester
Ruben Santiago-Hudson in Gem of the Ocean Ruben Santiago-Hudson Caesar
Lisa Gay Hamilton Black Mary
Anthony Chisholm in Gem of the Ocean Anthony Chisholm Solly Two Kings
John Earl  Jelks in Gem of the Ocean John Earl Jelks Citizen Barlow
Eugene Lee Eli
Raynor Scheine in Gem of the Ocean Raynor Scheine Rutherford Selig
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Opening Night Production Credits

August Wilson August Wilson Playwright
Kathryn Bostic Kathryn Bostic Composer
Kenny Leon Kenny Leon Director
David Gallo David Gallo Scenic Design
  Constanza Romero Costume Design
Donald Holder Donald Holder Lighting Design
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Awards


Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
2005 Outstanding Lighting Design Donald Holder Nominee

Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
2005 Outstanding Lighting Design Donald Holder Nominee
2005 Outstanding New Broadway Play   Nominee

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
2005 Actress in a Play Phylicia Rashad Nominee
2005 Costume Design of a Play Constanza Romero Nominee
2005 Lighting Design of a Play Donald Holder Nominee
2005 Play August Wilson Nominee
2005 Scenic Design of a Play David Gallo Nominee

Grosses

Week Ending Week # This Week Gross
Potential Gross
Diff $ Avg Ticket
Top Ticket
Seats Sold
Seats in Theatre
Perfs
(Prev)
% Cap
This Week
Diff %
Cap
Feb. 6, 2005 36 $295,381
$539,964
$71,834 $47.06
$85.00
6277
939
8
0
83.56% 15.06%
Jan. 30, 2005 35 $223,547
$539,964
$38,277 $43.44
$85.00
5146
939
8
0
68.50% 14.35%
Jan. 23, 2005 34 $185,270
$539,964
-$47,347 $45.54
$85.00
4068
939
8
0
54.15% -10.25%
Jan. 16, 2005 33 $232,617
$539,964
- $48.08
$85.00
4838
939
8
0
64.40% -
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Totals

Last 4 Weeks
  $936,815
$2,159,856
  $46.03 20329
30048
32
0
67.66 %  
Cumulative
  $2,577,530
$5,872,109
  $47.45
$85.00
54245
81693
72
15
66.40 %  
 
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