February 18, 2021

6:00 pm

MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM

VIRTUAL EVENT

Discussion with director George C. Wolfe, moderated by Courtney B. Vance

Thur. February 18, 2021 | 6:00 PM PT

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THE QUEEN OF THE BLUES

The adaptation of August Wilson’s play follows the legendary singer (Viola Davis) in 1920s Chicago.

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About the Film

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
2020, Netflix, 94 min, USA, Dir: George C. Wolfe

Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary “Mother of the Blues,” Ma Rainey (Academy Award winner Viola Davis). Late to the session, the fearless, fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music. As the band waits in the studio’s claustrophobic rehearsal room, ambitious cornet player Levee (Chadwick Boseman) – who has an eye for Ma’s girlfriend and is determined to stake his own claim on the music industry – spurs his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives. Adapted from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s play, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM celebrates the transformative power of the blues and the artists who refuse to let society’s prejudices dictate their worth.

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About the Q&A

Online conversation with MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM director George C. Wolfe at 6:00 PM PT on Thursday, February 18th. RSVP here to receive a link to the Zoom discussion. Your Zoom link will be sent earlier on the day of the event.

Moderated by Courtney B. Vance.

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