Righteous anger rages.
An acclaimed blues singer and her band struggle to make it through a recording session in this powerful adaptation of August Wilson’s play.
The reason for the discontent? Stored-up, earned anger, which bubbles up frequently.
Ma Rainey has reached her limit with men trying to control her life and music, and shows with a few verbal flourishes, she’s still the boss.
Meanwhile her trumpet player, scarred by brutal racial oppression, burns to have his talent recognized.
As the sparks crackle, both musically and emotionally, it lights a fire which is doomed to burn the whole affair down.