This April, Stoneham Theatre audiences will discover a piece of American history with the World Premiere of Michael Aman’s play The Unbleached American.
Directed by Producing Artistic Director Weylin Symes, The Unbleached American tells the story of Ernest Hogan, the “father of ragtime” and the first African American to perform on Broadway. Beloved by his fans and wealthy beyond his wildest dreams, Hogan was also an infamous writer of “coon songs” that many considered offensive to his own race. The Unbleached American imagines the relationship between Ernest and the woman sent to care for him at the end of his life.
“This remarkable play explores a part of our country’s history that I knew absolutely nothing about,” Symes shared. “I was immediately captivated by the tremendous success and talent of Ernest Hogan as well as the infamy that came to surround him.” “For me, Michael’s play asks us to think about how future generations may judge our present actions,” Symes added, “and how profoundly perceptions can shift in the course of a generation.” Symes is thrilled to have Elliot Norton Award-winning actor Johnny Lee Davenport as Hogan.
Because Symes feels strongly that Hogan’s story is an important one, Stoneham Theatre is offering “buy one, get one free” tickets to Patch readers. The Unbleached American makes its World Premiere on April 10, 2014 and runs through April 27, 2014. Performances are Thursdays at 7:30pm; Fridays at 8:00pm; Saturdays at 3:00pm and 8:00pm; and Sundays at 2:00pm. There is a post-show talkback on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Tickets are $45 - $50. Senior tickets are $40 - $45. To take advantage of the “buy one, get one free” offer, please call the Stoneham Theatre Box Office at (781) 279-2200, or visit www.stonehamtheatre.org. Please use the promotional code: PATCH when ordering. This offer ends Thursday, April 10, 2014 and is not valid in combination with other discounts, on previous purchases or for senior matinees. All sales are final.