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A Visit From “Joe Turner’s Come And Gone” At CTC

Aneja Raiteri, Jeffrey Pinkerton and Chelsea Branch appear in Chattanooga Theatre Centre's production of August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come & Gone."
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Aneja Raiteri, Jeffrey Pinkerton and Chelsea Branch appear in Chattanooga Theatre Centre's production of August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come & Gone."

From 1982 until 2005, August Wilson wrote a series of ten plays about the Black experience in Pittsburgh during the 20th Century - with one play set in each decade.

The series is known as the Century Cycle - and on Friday, the second play in the Cycle, “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” premieres at Chattanooga Theatre Centre.

The production is part of the monthlong Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts and Ideas: Juneteenth Independence Day, celebrating the contributions by artists of African descent in music, dance, theatre, visual arts, film and literature.

Alicia Haymer is the director of “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” - and Shelia Wofford plays Bertha Holley.

Cast members of CTC's production of "Joe Turner's Come and Gone":  Hayden Poe, Mercedes Johnson, Bruce Shaw, LaFrederick Thirkill, Ramses McKinstry, Shelia Wofford, Chelsea Branch, Jeffrey Pinkerton, Aneja Raiteri and Kennedi Boyland. (Not pictured:  Donel Solomon.)
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Cast members of CTC's production of "Joe Turner's Come and Gone": Hayden Poe, Mercedes Johnson, Bruce Shaw, LaFrederick Thirkill, Ramses McKinstry, Shelia Wofford, Chelsea Branch, Jeffrey Pinkerton, Aneja Raiteri and Kennedi Boyland. (Not pictured: Donel Solomon.)

For more information about “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” at Chattanooga Theatre Centre, visit theatrecentre.com.

For more about the Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts and Ideas, visit blackartsandideasfest.com.

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