The Indiana Repertory Theatre will present August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean, officially opening Jan. 19 and running through Feb. 10.  

Gem of the Ocean is the ninth play in August Wilson’s groundbreaking 10-play cycle that chronicles each decade of 20th century African-American experience. It opened on Broadway Dec. 6, 2004.

The allegorical play tells the story of Citizen Barlow, who comes to Aunt Ester’s Pittsburgh home on an evening in 1904, the night before her 287th birthday, seeking healing from Aunt Ester and sanctuary from the local constable. Aunt Ester sends Citizen — and the audience — on a harsh yet poignant spiritual journey, underscored by the songs and echoes of a slave ship’s prisoners.

ASL Interpretation and Audio Description will be offered on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $34. Call the IRT, 140 W. Washington St., at 317-635-5252 or go to www.irtlive.com.

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