Life On The Stage: Ma Rainey

Join The Actors Fund and the Jacob Burns Film Center for an evening with playwright and director of theater and film, George C. Wolfe, in a virtual conversation about his film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Joined in a panel are actors of the band Michael Potts, Colman Domingo and Glynn Turman.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is a 2020 American drama film directed by George C. Wolfe and written by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, based on the play of the same name by August Wilson. Produced by Denzel Washington, Todd Black, and Dany Wolf, the film stars Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman, with Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo, and Michael Potts in supporting roles. The film, and its source play, focus on Ma Rainey, an influential blues singer, and dramatizes a recording session in 1927 Chicago.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is currently available to watch on Netflix. Watch the film at your convenience, then join us for a conversation.

Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) is a nonprofit five-screen cinema and education center located in Pleasantville, NY. One of the most successful suburban art houses in the country, the Jacob Burns celebrates film as a vehicle for entertainment, education, and inspiration.

This event is part of Life on the Stage: Conversation and Film, presented in partnership with The Actors Fund, a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Since March 18, The Fund has distributed more than $16 million in emergency financial assistance to more than 13,500 people in need—more than eight times the funds normally provided in a year. Through offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Fund serves everyone in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance with programs including social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services.

Presented in partnership with the Broadway Podcast Network.

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Life on the Stage is possible through the generous support of the JBFC community. Please consider a tax-deductible gift to JBFC TOGETHER to help us continue our vibrant film, education, and artist support programs.
New and increased gifts will be matched by ArtsWestchester, up to $7,500!

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The Actors Fund is a national human services organization here to meet the needs of our entertainment community. Services include emergency financial assistance, affordable housing, health care and insurance counseling, senior care, & more.

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