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Joe Turner’s Come and Gone

“Roosevelt Watts Jr.’s powerful and fierce portrayal of Loomis is the center…. Entertains with Wilson’s natural conversational style and embrace of the commonplace.”
– Bob Hoover, onStage Pittsburgh

By August Wilson
Directed by Mark Clayton Southers
An outdoor production at August Wilson House, 1727 Bedford Avenue in the Lower Hill
August 5th – September 9th, 2023
A coproduction with August Wilson House

August Wilson’s Tony-nominated drama set in a boarding house in Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1911. The play explores the lives of African Americans at the start of the Great Migration to the North as they seek their own identities and contend with racism and discrimination.

“Brown is sensational as the beleaguered Holly…. Watts is charismatic. He commands the stage every time he steps into a scene…. Mark Clayton Southers does a magnificent job with the material…. An emotional experience.”
– Michael Buzzelli, Burgh Vivant

Read the online program here.

Reviews: OnStage Pittsburgh, Burgh Vivant, WESA, Pittsburgh Owl Scribe

Previews: OnStage Pittsburgh, Entertainment Central

Most performances will be outdoors at August Wilson House, 1727 Bedford Avenue in the Lower Hill. Performances on days where rain is likely will instead be inside Madison Arts Center, 3401 Milwaukee Street in the Upper Hill. Patrons will be notified by email when this happens, and notices will appear on our website also, at least two hours before the scheduled performance time.

Cast List

Seth HollyKevin Brown
Seth Holly understudySam Lothard
Bertha HollyShaunda Miles McDill
Bertha Holly understudyMichele Bankole
Bynum WalkerMike Traylor
Mattie CampbellDominique Briggs
Mattie Campbell understudyAlona Williams
Rutherford SeligMarcus Muzopappa
Jeremy FurlowDionysius Akeem / Maurice Redwood
Jeremy Furlow understudyCharlie Gray
Herald LoomisRoosevelt Watts, Jr.
Zonia LoomisSaniya J. E. Lavelle / Adjoa Opoku-Dakwa
Reuben MercerCameron Edwards / Kymir Cogdell-Freeman
Molly CunninghamJamaica Johnson
Molly Cunningham understudyMeleana Felton
Martha PentecostKarla Payne

Understudy notes: Michele Bankole will play Bertha Holly on Sun Aug 20 2023. Sam Lothard will pay Seth Holly on Thu Aug 24 2023.

August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.