Seattle Rep to Channel Wilson's Last Play
Seattle Repertory Theatre honors August Wilson by presenting the last play in his historic ten-play cycle, Radio Golf, directed by Kenny Leon.
Set in the Hill District of Pittsburgh in the 1990s, Radio Golf focuses on a pair of real estate entrepreneurs who must decide whether to raze history or build upon it, while a mysterious, seemingly ancient man prods them to define who they are and what they stand for. Harmond Wilks is a mayoral candidate and successful property developer, and with partner Roosevelt Hicks has a fail-proof plan to jumpstart the revitalization of his decrepit childhood neighborhood. But when Old Joe enters their office, claiming to own the house on Wylie Street that is to be demolished, the men face choices that will challenge their own understandings of their heritage, their culture, and their future.
The story concludes Wilson's powerful ten-play cycle chronicling the African American experience in the 20th century, and will be the ninth play in the cycle to be produced by Seattle Rep, with Gem of the Ocean the only title remaining that has not yet been presented by the theatre.
Kenny Leon's Broadway credits include the recent sell-out revival of A Raisin in the Sun, and
Leon will direct a cast of five that features Rocky Carroll ("Chicago Hope") as Harmond Wilks, James A. Williams as Roosevelt Hicks, Anthony Chisholm as Elder Joseph Barlow, Denise Burse as Mame Wilks, and John Earl Jelks as Sterling Johnson.
August Wilson was the author of Jitney, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Fences, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running, Seven Guitars, King Hedley II, Gem of the Ocean, and Radio Golf—a cycle of works that explore the heritage and experience of African Americans, decade by decade, over the course of the 20th century. His plays have been produced at regional theaters across the country and all over the world, as well as on Broadway, and have garnered many awards including Pulitzer Prizes for Fences and The Piano Lesson, a Tony Award for Fences,
Mr. Wilson revealed a diagnosis of terminal cancer shortly after the premiere of Radio Golf in
Radio Golf runs January 19-February 18, with an official opening of January 25th. For more information call (206) 443-222, or visit www.seattlerep.org.