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Play focuses on cultural identity in 1911

February 19, 2006

Albany-- The stage of Theatre Albany has been transformed into the days of the 1900's.

Actors and actresses have brought to life August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone". The playwright set out 25 years ago to write one play for each decade of the 20th century but unfortunately died last year.

Set in 1911, "Joe Turner" focuses on African-Americans moving from the South to seek a new life in Pittsburgh. Those involved with the play say the message of cultural identity is still prevalent today and it's a good one especially for Black History Month.

"I think it's got so many universal themes that it transcends it's color and background," says director Mark Costello.

"A lot of the themes in the play are still prevalent today. Not only do you have open discrimination but you have complex issues," says actor Derrick Chatman.

Along with history, the play also covers spirituality. There are three more performances. The shows are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night at 8 p.m.

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