Jennifer L. Nelson is an award-winning poet and a playwright. She has a natural affinity for August Wilson, a dramatist so painstaking that even his stage directions -- which never are meant to be read aloud -- exhibit the imagery and cadences of fine verse.
Staging Wilson's Gem of the Ocean for Everyman Theatre is taking everything that Nelson's got to give. And she couldn't be happier.
A full production of "Gem of the Ocean" runs from March 19-April 27 at Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles St., . $16-$35. 410-752-2208 or www.everymantheatre.org.