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Playbill: Two River Theater's Gem of the Ocean Finds Full Cast and Creative Team

Two River Theater has revealed full casting and the creative team for their upcoming revival of August Wilson‘s Gem of the Ocean. Performances are set to run June 8-30 at the New Jersey theatre.

Delicia Turner Sonnenberg is directing the new production, the seventh in Two River’s work to stage all 10 of Wilson’s Century Cycle plays.

As previously reported, the cast will be led by Broadway alums Crystal A. Dickinson (Clybourne Park) as Black Mary and Brandon J. Dirden (Skeleton Crew) as Caesar Wilks. The company will also include Stephanie Berry (Drowning Crow) as Aunt Ester, Brian D. Coats (Jitney) as Eli, Tony winner Bill Irwin (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) as Rutherford Selig, Stephen Tyrone Williams (Lucky Guy) as Citizen Barlow, and James A. Williams (Radio Golf) as Solly Two Kings.

Set in 1904, Gem of the Ocean is chronologically the first of Wilson’s Century Cycle, a series of 10 plays exploring the Black experience in America throughout the 20th century. The fantastical story revolves around 285-year-old Aunt Esther who guides a young man from Alabama on a spiritual awakening. The work premiered in 2003 at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, coming to Broadway in 2004 and earning five 2005 Tony nominations.

Joining Sonnenberg on the creative team are scenic designer Lawrence E. Moten III, costume designer Nicole Jescinth Smith, lighting designer Sherrice Mojgani, sound designer and composer Fitz Patton, intimacy and movement coordinator Kaja Dunn, production stage manager Kate Croasdale, and assistant stage manager Alex Murphy.

Two River Theater’s production is being presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

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