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CAST
(in order of appearance)

Sturdyvant - LOUIS ZORICH
Irvin - JACK DAVIDSON
Cutler - CARL GORDON
Toledo - THOMAS JEFFERSON BYRD
Slow Drag - STEPHEN McKINLEY HENDERSON
Levee - Charles S. Dutton
Ma Rainey - WHOOPI GOLDBERG
Policeman - TONY CUCCI
Dussie Mae - HEATHER ALICIA SIMMS
Sylvester - ANTHONY MACKIE

Time: Early 1927
Place: Chicago. A band room and a recording studio.

MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM WILL BE PERFORMED WITH ONE FIFTEEN-MINUTE INTERMISSION.

UNDERSTUDIES
Understudies never appear for a listed player unless an announcement for the appearance is made at the time of the performance.

For Levee - LELAND GANTT, ANTHONY MACKIE
For Ma Rainey - EBONY JO-ANN
For Cutler, Toledo - HELMAR AUGUSTUS COOPER
For Slow Drag - HELMAR AUGUSTUS COOPER, LELAND GANTT
For Dussie May - ROCHELLE HOGUE
For Sylvester - LELAND GANTT
For Sturdyvant, Irvin, Policeman - JOE ZALOOM

This production is dedicated to the memory of Theresa Merritt, Joe Seneca and Robert Judd.

Please silence all cellular phones and personal paging devices before the performance begins. Thank you.

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