Joe Turner's Come and Gone
by August Wilson
January 26–February 19, 2012
Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater
August Wilson’s ten play cycle chronicling a century’s experience of black Americans is one of our nation’s great theatrical accomplishments. THEATREWORKS has produced two of these plays: Fences, set in the 1950’s, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, set in the 1920’s. We think Joe Turner may be the greatest play of this great series.
It’s set in Pittsburgh, this time in 1911, in a boarding house which serves a refuge for people making the great migration north to a new world and a new identity. The play has an astonishing range, moving into the future but also to a spiritual past, culminating in the juba, a dance which conjures the holy spirit in an ecstatic frenzy.
At the heart of the play is Harold Loomis, who arrives with his young daughter in search of his missing wife. His journey is to recover his strength, stand up, shine and find “his song.” It is a rare thing to produce a play in Colorado Springs with a large cast of African Americans, and it is rarer to stage a play of this depth, richness and musicality.
Joe Turner is worth its weight in gold. It is gold.
- Timothy C. JohnsonBynum Walker
- Cris DavenportSeth Holly
- Calvin ThompsonHerald Loomis
- Adeye SahranMolly Cunningham
- Takiah ColemanMartha Pentecost
- Lynne HastingsBertha Holly
- Michael AugensteinRutherford Selig
- John Paul PimentelJeremy Furlow
- Sanaa FordZonia Loomis
- Cortney WrightMattie Campbell
- Anthony GonsalvesRuben Mercer
- Clinton Turner DavisDirector
- Clare HenkelCostume Design
- Matthew MyhrumSet Design
- Tonya Moake NeelyLighting Design
- Alex RuhlinSound Design
- Lara MaerzStage Manager
- Andrea SpraycarProps Master
- Murray RossArtistic Director
- Drew MartorellaExecutive Director
- Caitlin GreenDevelopment Director
- Ryan NeelyProducing Director
- Roy BallardTechnical Director