Stage & Screen: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

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Join us on Monday, April 12 at 8pm for this free virtual edition of our Stage & Screen series, co-presented by the Huntington Theatre Company.

August Wilson’s landmark ten-play Century Cycle continues to inspire new generations of artists and students. Keith Mascoll, Naheem Garcia, and Regine Vital — three teaching artists from the regional August Wilson Monologue Competition — will discuss why Wilson’s work endures and how Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom showcases his unsurpassed skill as a storyteller.

In this acclaimed new film adaptation of August Wilson's play, tensions rise when the trailblazing Mother of the Blues and her band gather at a Chicago recording studio in 1927. Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman deliver powerhouse performances in the leading roles, bolstered by a terrific screenplay by Huntington Wimberly Award honoree Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

Tune in on Monday, April 12 at 8pm here or at the embedded video below:

Please note: this event will not include a screening of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom; the film is currently available for streaming on Netflix.

About the Panelists

Keith Mascoll (he/him/his) is an Actor, Producer, and Mental Health advocate, Sneaker-head; the Founder of the Triggered Project and co-host of the Living a Triggered Life Podcast with his wife, Roxann; and a Luminary for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Keith strives to use his art for social change in the black and brown community. As a survivor of sexual abuse Keith hopes to help end the stigma that surrounds mental health, and black and brown men. Keith is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA.

Naheem Garcia (he/him/his), has been an actor and theatre educator for more than twenty years. He grew up in Boston, arriving here from Cuba with his mother, grandmother and aunt in 1968. He is proudly bilingual (English and Spanish) and known for his deep, mellifluous voice. Naheem has worked extensively in the Northeast, including with The Huntington Theatre Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Company One, and New African Theatre Company. A member of SAG-AFTRA, Naheem has appeared in several Hollywood and independently-produced feature films.

Regine Vital (she/her/hers) is an actor, dramaturg, director, writer, educator, scholar, and storyteller from Somerville, MA. She has worked with several Boston area theatre companies, including ArtsEmerson, Company One, and Central Square Theatre. Regine received her BA in English and History from Boston University; her MA in English Literature and Creative Writing from UMass Boston; and studied Shakespeare in London at King’s College, London and Shakespeare’s Globe. Currently, Regine is the Manager of Curriculum and Instruction at the Huntington Theatre Company.

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1hr 34mins

Watch the film on Netflix here.