Chisholm, Shay, Jelks, Brooks, Williams Make Up Cast of Wilson's Golf Radio Premiere, April 22

News   Chisholm, Shay, Jelks, Brooks, Williams Make Up Cast of Wilson's Golf Radio Premiere, April 22 Until recently, actors Anthony Chisholm and John Earl Jelks inhabited the world of playwright August Wilson, starring in the Broadway production of Gem of the Ocean. They will remain in Wilson's world this spring, making up two-fifths of the cast of the final play in the 10-work cycle of African-American life in the 20th century, Radio Golf.

Anthony Chisholm
Anthony Chisholm

Timothy Douglas will direct the world premiere. The premiere is being shared by Yale Rep and Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum, though Yale will present it first, April 22-May 14. The Taper will see it in August.

Also in the cast is Michele Shay, who was Tony-nominated for her performance in Seven Guitars, Richard Brooks, the “Law & Order” actor who appeared in the Chicago version of Wilson's King Hedley II, and James A. Williams.

Douglas is an associate artistic director at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, where he staged two Wilson works.

The 1990s-set work involves real estate developers who look to tear down the home of recurring Wilson character Aunt Esther.

Playwright Wilson is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fences (1987) and The Piano Lesson (1990). The scribe made his acting debut in May 2003 performing an autobiographical one-man show How I Learned What I Learned at Seattle Repertory Theatre.

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