August Wilson's Radio Golf to Premiere in 2005; Gem of the Ocean Heads to Broadway

News   August Wilson's Radio Golf to Premiere in 2005; Gem of the Ocean Heads to Broadway August Wilson's latest work will debut at the Yale Repertory Theatre next year.
Playwright August Wilson
Playwright August Wilson

The New York Times reports that Radio Golf, the final chapter in Wilson's chronicle of the twentieth-century African-American experience, will premiere at the Connecticut theatre in April 2005. Radio Golf — set in the 1990's — concerns two golf-loving real-estate developers who plan to destroy the former home of Aunt Esther. Although she has not appeared onstage in any of Wilson's plays, Aunt Esther has been a mystical presence throughout his cycle of plays.

About finishing his acclaimed play cycle, Wilson joked, "I want to be done with it." The playwright also told the Times that the ninth of his ten-play cycle, Gem of the Ocean, will arrive on Broadway in the fall. Set in 1904, Gem of the Ocean begins on the eve of Aunt Esther's 287th birthday. When Citizen Barlow comes to her Pittsburgh's Hill District home seeking asylum, she sets him off on a spiritual journey to find a city in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The play premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in April 2003.

Born in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, August Wilson’s plays include Jitney, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Fences, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running, Seven Guitars, King Hedley II and Gem of the Ocean. These works explore the African-American heritage and experience over the course of the twentieth century. Wilson received the Pulitzer Prize for Fences and The Piano Lesson as well as a Tony Award for Fences. Additionally, his plays have garnered seven New York Drama Critics Circle Awards and an Olivier Award for Jitney. Wilson is an alumnus of New Dramatists and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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