American Masters

Monologue from "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" by August Wilson

Clip: 02/20/2015 | 47s

"White folks don’t understand about the blues," says Ma Rainey in the play, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," set in a Chicago recording studio in 1927. This dramatic reading created for August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand is performed by Ebony Jo-Ann. The play premiered in 1984 at Yale Repertory Theatre and opened on Broadway the same year to win a New York Drama Critics Circle award.

Aired: 02/20/15

Rating: TV-PG

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