American Masters

Phylicia Rashad Performs "Gem of the Ocean" Aunt Ester Scene

Clip: 02/20/2015 | 2m 23s

In August Wilson's "Gem of the Ocean," Aunt Ester is a matriarch and former slave. Phylicia Rashad performed the role on Broadway and in a dramatic reading created for August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand, she enacts when Ester reveals the existence of the spiritual and symbolic City of Bones, made from African ancestors who died while crossing the Atlantic Ocean during the Middle Passage.

Aired: 02/20/15

Rating: TV-PG

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