Download a poster giving dates, times, and venues for the The Emancipated Century here.

Download Provost Langley's comments before the performance of August Wilson's play here.

Download Dr. Barbara B.Lewis Intermission talk from
Gem of the Ocean here.

Download Dr. Barbara B. Lewis talk here.

Joe Turner's Intermission talk here.

Re-Visioning Tomorrow talk here.

Faith Smith from Seven Guitars here.

Fences intermission talk and post-show here.

Black Wall Street Final Program here.

Final Migration Program here.

Gentrification Final Draft here.

Migration Program Final 2013 here.



The Emancipated Century: August Wilson's 10-Play Cycle

Welcome!

From August 2013 through December, the Department of Performing Arts and the Trotter Institute at UMass Boston are presenting The Emancipated Century, a staged reading series of August Wilson’s ten-play cycle exploring the history of African Americans in the twentieth century.  Honed in Boston before going to Broadway, Wilson’s plays, each set in a separate decade, open a broad lens on twentieth century African American urban culture and history. The cycle’s vast dramatic canvas is pertinent in the year marking the 150th birthday of the Emancipation Proclamation, and resonates deeply today given the nation’s divided reactions to the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 roll-back.  We invite you to enjoy Wilson’s dramatic landscape, then share what you have learned and understood in linked public conversations designed to address today’s civic challenges and help us move forward together as residents in a city that is freedom’s national home. Note: There is no charge to attend the events.


 
Upcoming Schedule of Events -Click here for reservations

Date  Event Time Location
August 5th Gem of the Ocean 7pm UMass Boston - McCormack Theatre
August 19th Joe Turner's Come and Gone 7pm The Strand Theatre
August 29th Re-Visioning Tomorrow: Emancipation in a New Century  6 p.m. Citizenship and Jim Crow Today -Public forum - YWCA, 140 Clarendon Street, Kuumba Library
Sept. 9th Ma Rainey's Black Bottom 7pm The Strand Theatre
Sept. 23rd The Piano Lesson 7pm Hibernian Hall
Sept. 26th Re-Visioning Tomorrow: Emancipation in a New Century

 6pm Urban Blues and the African Aesthetic - Public Forum - YWCA, 140 Clarendon Street, Kuumba Library
Oct. 7th Seven Guitars 7pm Central Square Theater
Oct. 21st Fences 7pm Central Square Theater
Oct. 30th Re-Visioning Tomorrow: Emancipation in a New Century

6pm Migration, Justice, and the Black Family - Public Forum -Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon, Ferris Library
Nov. 4th Two Trains Running 7pm Boston Playwrights' Theatre
Nov. 18th Jitney 7pm Boston Playwrights' Theatre
Nov. 26th Re-Visioning Tomorrow: Emancipation in a New Century

6pm The Challenge of Black Economic Development - Public Forum - Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon, Ferris Library
Dec. 2nd King Hedley II 7pm Hibernian Hall
Dec. 16th Radio Golf 7pm  UMass Boston - McCormack Theatre
Dec. 19th  Re-Visioning Tomorrow: Emancipation in a New Century

6pm Politics, Property, and Ancestral Roots -Public Forum -Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon, Ferris Library
Jan. 13th Re-Visioning Tomorrow: Emancipation in a New Century

 6pm Education and Emancipation in the 21st Century - Public Forum - Boston Center for the Arts, Blake Theater