Set in a boardinghouse in Pittsburgh in 1911, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone is the second installment of the ten play series chronicling black life in each decade of the 20th Century. Each resident of the boardinghouse has a different relationship to a past of slavery as well as to the urban present. They include the proprietor, an eccentric clairvoyant with a penchant for country voodoo, a young homeboy up from the south and a mysterious stranger who is searching for his wife.
Five women, strangers to each other, stand in line to pay their respects to Coretta Scott King. Each has been deeply touched by Mrs. King’s extraordinary life. Their stories brim with passion, personality, life-affirming energy and personal determination.
Alberta “Pearl” Johnson has inherited a soulful collection of rare folk songs from her African-American ancestors. Imprisoned in Texas for murder, her music is her lifeline to her family and future. Enter Susannah, an ambitious collector of songs for the Library of Congress. To advance her career, Susannah wants to record Pearl singing her extraordinary repertoire. Pearl sees Susannah as a possible escort to freedom.
Lewis is a tenured professor of mathematics at a well-regarded university. Underneath his veneer of success lies a soul troubled by questions of personal and cultural identity. A night of disorienting insomnia conjures his ancestors, three generations of men from slavery through Black Power. They challenge Lewis to embark on a night journey combining past and present.
A play about dreams...what it means to dream big, to lose faith in those dreams and to discover new dreams.