**Oct. 18, 9:00 am
Tony Award-winning playwright and iconic director of theater turned filmmaker George C. Wolfe will receive the Director Spotlight Award for recognition of his work on Netflix’s upcoming MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM, an adaptation of August Wilson’s award-winning play of the same name, starring Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman. The film, which will premiere on Netflix on December 18, centers on an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary “Mother of the Blues,” Ma Rainey (Academy Award® winner 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 horn player 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 revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives. 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. In theater, Wolfe is best known for his hit Broadway show “Jelly’s Last Jam” and “Angels in America,” which earned him a Tony Award. His film credits include HBO’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” and “Lackawanna Blues” as well as “Nights in Rodanthe” and “You’re Not You.”
Ticket sales from the tribute will be donated to Broadway Cares’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund.