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August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom opens Thursday, November 4!

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, directed by Nada Vaughnwill run November 4-7, 11-14. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances at 8:00pm, Sunday performances at 2:00pm. Please see our COVID safety procedures below

August Wilson was a gifted American playwright who is best known for his Century Cycle of ten plays, nine of which are set in Pittsburg. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is set in Chicago during the Roaring 20's. Popular dances were the Charleston, the Black Bottom, and the Lindy Hop. 

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom centers around Gertrude "Ma" Rainey (a real person) who is known as a music legend and the Mother of the Blues. This Tony-nominated 1982 classic drama deals with issues of race, art, religion, and the historic exploitation of black recording artists by white producers.


Ma Rainey…..Maureen Williams
Dussie Mae…Calysta Yalew
Sturdyvant …..Aaron Mermelstein
Irv………………..Mark Lull
Toledo…………Jonathan Garland
Slow Drag…….DeRod Jordan
Levee……………Jeremy Thomas
Cutler…………….Chris Moore
Sylvester……….Aahron Young
Policeman………Bob Tierney


There are multiple ways to get tickets:
--Purchase online at
--Purchase at the box office up to one hour prior to each performance 
--Reserve via e-mail at (pay at box office) 
--Reserve via phone at 314-721-9228 (pay at box office) 


We are still in need of front-of-house volunteers for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Volunteers will receive free admission to the performance. Sign up here! Must be vaccinated and masked. 

COVID procedures (please read carefully) 

You are important to us at Clayton Community Theatre, and we are excited to welcome you back! This is some of what we have in store to protect you while we all navigate the ebb and flow of Covid times:  
--Each member of our cast, crew, and volunteer staff will be fully vaccinated.
--All audience members and volunteers will need to wear masks while in the building.
--We are planning on NO CONCESSIONS SALES during performances thru 2021. (We know, it’s fun and handy usually.)  We’re just following Washington University’s guidelines and acting on behalf of our audience and keeping safety first and foremost in our planning.
--We will restrict our ticket sales to 75% capacity to assist audience members in finding a place for their parties, comfortably distanced from other parties.
Currently, within two hours of entering a campus building, everyone must complete a Covid self-screeningIt’s self-explanatory and intuitive. The “reason” for your visit is “Event”. We will have volunteers on hand to assist you, if you’ve had any difficulties in responding from your own phones.
Each occupant of the building (including audience members) will be required to show proof of vaccination, at the entry to the building. This would be your CDC Vaccination Record card, or an electronic version from your health records’ access through the BJC, MyChart app or website. Fastest check-in would be the CDC card.
CCT is very thankful to our landlord, Washington University in St Louis that our theatre space affords us high ceilings, an HVAC system with powerful blowers for good circulation, and the room to separate individual groups/ pods of audience groups, e.g. couples, or a party of 12!  We are fortunate to have our own lighted parking lot including handicap access, elevators, etc.

A change in our season lineup

Due to unforeseen circumstances, CCT is making a change to its 2021-2022 season lineup. Instead of the previously announced The Cat and the Canary by John Willard, we will be presenting Uncommon Women and Others by Wendy Wasserstein February 24-March 6. The production will be directed by Karen Pierce and Jessa Knust. 

This 1977 play, the first by noted American playwright Wendy Wasserstein, opens on a group of five graduates of Mount Holyoke College meeting for a reunion six years after their graduation. As they reminisce, a series of flashbacks to their senior year begins. Through following them through their senior year, we glimpse their journeys to find themselves while balancing society's shifting expectations of women as experienced by many women not just at this point in history, but today as well. 

Auditions for Uncommon Women and Others are coming up on November 17 and 20. For more information, visit our website

Clayton Community Theatre performs in the South Campus of Washington University in Saint Louis (the former C.B.C. High School), 6501 Clayton Road, 63117. Click the map graphic for details. There is a large lot for free parking west of the entrance.

Unless otherwise noted, auditions are in the same place.

Write us at 
Clayton Community Theatre
P.O. Box 50035
Clayton MO 63105

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For tickets to our next performance or season-ticket memberships, visit and search for Clayton Community Theatre, or leave a voice message at our box office, 314-721-9228, or email us.

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Financial assistance for this project has been provided by The Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

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