Ma Rainey's Black Bottom


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Fri, Dec 11, 2020 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sat, Dec 12, 2020 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sun, Dec 13, 2020 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Mon, Dec 14, 2020 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Wed, Dec 16, 2020 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Thu, Dec 17, 2020 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2020
Run Time:94 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:George C. Wolfe
Cast:Viola Davis
Chadwick Boseman


“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” stars Academy Award-winner Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman in one of his final film roles before his untimely death earlier this year. Both give award-worthy performances in this inspiring new film.

Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary “Mother of the Blues,” Ma Rainey (Viola Davis). Late to the session, the fearless, fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music.

As the band waits in the studio’s claustrophobic rehearsal room, ambitious trumpeter Levee (Chadwick Boseman) — who has an eye for Ma’s girlfriend and is determined to stake his own claim on the music industry — spurs his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories, truths and lies that will forever change the course of their lives.

Adapted from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s play, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” celebrates the transformative power of the blues and the artists who refuse to let society’s prejudices dictate their worth.