Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
The Mary D. Fisher Theatre is proud to present the acclaimed new film “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” showing Dec. 11-17.
“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.
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Dec. 11-17. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11, 12 and 13; and 7 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 14, 16 and 17.
Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.