Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

April 28-May 1, 2022

It’s 1927 and Ma Rainey, the “Mother of the Blues,” is recording new sides of old favorites in a rundown studio in Chicago. Fiery and determined, Ma Rainey fights to retain control over her music, while her cocky trumpet player Levee dreams of making his own name in the business. More than music goes down in August Wilson’s riveting portrayal of rage, racism, self-hatred and exploitation (excerpt from Concord Theatricals website).

Director: Miller Lucky, Jr.

Photo by Mack Butler.


Paul Robeson Theatre

1601 E Market St,

Greensboro, NC 27411

Parking: There is parking close to the theater for easy access if driving.

Bus Transportation: There are 2 bus routes currently offered through the Greensboro Transportation Office. Both routes are currently “fare free” for students of partner schools, but are also available to the public for $1.50 (Cash only). Partner schools – Bennett College for Women, Elon University School of Law, Greensboro College, Guilford College, Guilford Technical Community College, North Carolina A&T State University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. For more information, see the links below.

How to Ride:

Route 1 – (M-Sat.):

Route 2 – (Sat.-Sun.):


Ma RaineyJane Trénette Ward (PRO)
SturdyvantSteven Glossan (Greensboro College faculty)
IrvinJim Langer (PRO)
CuttlerChristian Martin (A&T)
ToledoNelson Roberts (PRO)
Slow DragJoseph Koromo (A&T)
LeveeNaim Blake (A&T)
PolicemanTim Ray (PRO)
Dussie MayNycole Mitchell (A&T)
SylvesterDerrick Batten (A&T)

A&T: North Carolina A&T