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John Iacovelli Designs Set for L.A. Center Theatre Group’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

John Iacovelli explains his setting to the cast. Photo by Craig Schwartz, copyright Center Theatre Group The set model for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Photo courtesy of John Iacovelli, copyright John Iacovelli

Joining an award-winning team of actors and creatives, John Iacovelli, professor of theatre and dance at UC Davis, has designed the atmospheric 1920s’ recording studio setting for Los Angeles’ Center Theatre Group’s forthcoming production of August Wilson’s powerful drama Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Directed by Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad, this groundbreaking play depicts the racism and exploitation in the music industry through a 1927 recording session in Chicago with a legendary blues singer. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is inspired by the real-life Gertrude “Ma” Rainey.The production runs September 1 through October 16 at the Mark Taper Forum. . 

For information about this production, visit Center Theatre Group

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