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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom ()

Produced by

Soulpepper Theatre Company

Director: Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu
Playwright: August Wilson


The Michael Young Theatre


May 10th, 2018 – June 9th, 2018


Chicago in the 1920s is a city on a collision course with change, and the Blues are the battleground. In August Wilson’s masterpiece a routine music recording session becomes the front line for issues of race, power, and opportunity. (


Derek Boyes Policeman
Beau Dixon Toledo
Alana Bridgewater Ma Rainey
Neville Edwards Slow Drag
Lovell Adams-Gray Levee
Virgilia Griffith Dussie Mae
Diego Matamoros Sturdyvant
Lindsay Owen Pierre Cutler
Alex Poch-Goldin Irvin
Marcel Stewart Sylvester

Creative Team

Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu Director
August Wilson Playwright
Ken MacKenzie Set Designer
Ken MacKenzie Lighting Designer
Alexandra Lord Costume Designer
Mike Ross Music Director
Mike Ross Sound Designer
Simon Fon Fight Director


Esie Mensah Movement Coach
Siobhan Richardson Intimacy Coach
Diana Braithwaite Blues and Cultural Consultant
Alicia Richardson Dialect Coach
Kelly McEvenue Alexander Coach
Darragh Parsons Stage Manager
Sam Hale Assistant Stage Manager


Jacqueline Costa Technical Director
Sarah Elizabeth Noyes Head of Wardrobe
Erika Connor Assistant Head of Wardrobe
Jacqueline Robertson-Cull Head of Hair and Makeup
Jacqueline Robertson-Cull Wig Running
Natalie Swiercz Wardrobe Coordinator
Geoff Hughes Cutter
Barbara Nowakowski First Hand
Ellie Furtney Stitcher
Kiyomi Hidaka Stitcher
Emma Zulkoskey Wardrobe Assistant
Lisa Nighswander Head of Properties
Greg Chambers Props Builder
Andy DeVries Head Carpenter
Bill Stahl Carpenter
Paul Boddum Head Scenic Artist
Sara Ahmadieh Scenic Artist
Olesya Komarnytska Scenic Artist
Robert Harding Production Stage Manager
Brandon Moe Production Assistant
Natalie Kirk Lighting Operator
Daniel Sinclair Sound Operator
Ashton Vetter House Technician
Colton Stang House Technician