THRESHOLD REP's 11th Season

August Wilson’s compelling tale of the southern powerhouse and Blues virtuoso, Gertrude Rainey, famously known as Ma Rainey.

The setting is 1920’s Chicago and the Mother of the Blues is fighting to have her songs recorded her way. She battles record executives and management trying to control her style and authenticity while her band waxes poetic on philosophy and race.  Meanwhile young up-start Levee Green fights for his place in a world that isn’t ready for him. 

Most recently brought to the Big Screen as a Netflix original, August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” was first produced by the Yale Repertory Theatre in 1984. This phenomenal work provides an intense look at the cultural impact of American Blues Music and a brutally honest portrayal of race relations in 1920’s America. You won’t want to miss this show.

Director Jamall Rawlinson makes his long overdue return to the local theatre scene after years of work focusing his talent on independent filmmaking.  Starring in the title role is the captivating local actor, Michele Powe, as Ma Rainey, the fearless recording artist.  Up and coming young actor, Logan Williams, turns in a powerful performance as Levee.

Performances of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is sponsored in part by Chick-fil-A: Centrepointe.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

March 10 - March 26, 2022

Other Productions at Threshold

Threshold hosts many rentals and special events, continue supporting the arts by joining us at any of the events below. 


Threshold will be a hosting theatre for Piccolo Spoleto performances May & June 2022.

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Threshold Repertory Theatre generously offers its space to local theatre companies for performances.

Any company that rents from us will also receive exposure with their production information posted here.

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Threshold Repertory Youth program has moved.

They are now Charleston Academy of Musical Theatre, located in Mount Pleasant as well as our facility.

For information regarding their upcoming productions, check back here regularly.