Kennedy Center Presents: 'August Wilson's 20th Century' Cast & Dates

The most awarded African-American playwright in history, August Wilson's crowning achievement was his ten-play cycle, August Wilson's 20th Century in which each work is set in a different decade in the 1900's. The cycle, often titled the Pittsburgh Cycle because nine of the ten plays are set in Pittsburgh, chronicles the African-American experience in the 20th century. August Wilson's 20th Century will be presented in a series of staged readings at the Kennedy Center.

August Wilson's 20th Century
will utilize a cast of more than 30 actors: Jeff Allin, John Beasley, Eric Berryman, Cherise Boothe, Paul Butler, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Anthony Chisholm, Rosalyn Coleman, Keith David, Jason Dirden, Hassan El-Amin, Crystal Fox, Lynda Gravátt, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, John Earl Jelks, Ebony Jo-Ann, Eugene Lee, Harry Lennix, Anthony Mackie, Autumn Malhotra, Bill Nunn, Afemo Omilami, Alexandra Brooke Perrin, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Roger Robinson, Dominique Ross, Roslyn Ruff, Montae Russell, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Raynor Scheine, Michele Shay, Heather Alicia Simms, Terrance Thomas, Tamara Tunie, Glynn Turman, Jerry Whiddon, Michole Briana White, and James A. Williams.

The Plays and Dates:
1900s: Gem of the Ocean (March 4-8)
1910s: Joe Turner's Come and Gone (March 6-8)
1920s: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (March 9-11)
1930s: The Piano Lesson (March 12-15)
1940s: Seven Guitars (March 14-16)
1950s: Fences (March 16-19)
1960s: Two Trains Running (March 20-25)
1970s: Jitney (March 22-26)
1980s: King Hedley II (March 23-27)
1990s: Radio Golf (March 28-29)

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