Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Summary
August Wilson

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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Overview

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, a play in two acts by August Wilson, was first performed in 1984 at the Yale Repertory Theater in New Haven, Connecticut, before going on to Broadway that same year. The play establishes a number of conflicts and confrontations over artistic differences and clashing temperaments, racial discrimination and frustration experienced by the performers, arguments over money, religious beliefs, and generational differences. At the center of the conflict is Ma Rainey’s signature song, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which reflects the black experience and aspirations in content as well as style.

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