ma Raineys black bottom - Dillon Douglasson Black Theatre I...

This preview shows page 1 - 2 out of 2 pages.

Dillon Douglasson Black Theatre I THEA 303:901 9/3/2019 Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom August Wilsons Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is about the blues just as much as it is the blues, it sings the songs of the hardships of discrimination, and the struggle for self identification in a post-slavery society. Focusing on a day in the life of black blues musicians in a Chicago recording studio run and owned by white men, and the power dynamic that is created by such a situation at the time. Even though the white men own the studio, Ma Rainey still holds all the power and isn't afraid to remind them, because without her there would be no music and therefore no money, which is all the white men want. A motif that hinges on this theme of power is the Coca-Cola Ma Rainey asks for before she sings, reminding the music producers and the audience who is really in charge. If they refused to give her the Coke then there would be no music, so the men know that they have to abide by her wishes or else they will lose their money which is their power.

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture