Joe Turner’s Come and Gone

Character: Mattie Campbell
Venue: Trinity Repertory Company

A black boardinghouse in Pittsburgh, 1911. The haunted pasts of a group of transient housemates, including a conjurer, a craftsman and a young musician.

About the character

Originally seeking out Bynum at Seth’s boardinghouse, Mattie ends up living there after Jeremy invites her to stay with him after her boyfriend, Jack, left her. In her desperate search for love, Mattie represents a naïve, inexperienced group of young freed slaves that have moved North in search of prosperity. Mattie requires a man to complete her identity, she is weak and subservient; what she would be used to as a Southern slave. [from Wikipedia]

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