Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Film)


Truly honored. Thank you, August Wilson, and everyone who breathed life into this movie.




Ma Rainey and her band gather at a recording studio in Chicago in 1927.

Initial release: December 18, 2020

Director: George C. Wolfe
Screenplay: Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Music composed by Branford Marsalis
Producers: Denzel Washington, Todd Black

Starring Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Colman Domingo, Michael Potts, Glynn Turman, Dusan Brown, and Taylour Paige. Coming to Netflix

BWW Interview: Ruben Santiago-Hudson Talks Adapting MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM, Chadwick Boseman and More
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom comes to Netflix on December 18.
by Chloe Rabinowitz Dec. 13, 2020    

August gives people the experience of African American life. It’s not history, it’s the experience. And that experience makes you look at me a different way.”