Original cast members Anthony Chisolm, John Earl Jelks and James A. Williams returned to reprise their roles for the Seattle Rep run. They are joined by Denise Burse (An American Daughter) and Rocky Carroll (The Piano Lesson). Kenny Leon — who staged Wilson's Gem of the Ocean and the revival of A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway — directs.
With Radio Golf, Wilson ended his ten-play cycle which chronicles the African-American experience in the twentieth century decade by decade. The 1990s-set work involves real estate developers who look to tear down the home of recurring Wilson character Aunt Esther.
Radio Golf debuted at Yale Repertory Theatre under the direction of Timothy Douglas in April 2005. The work recently played with the same cast at the Center Theatre Group's Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Next to see the drama is Center Stage in Baltimore. Chicago's Goodman Theatre will mount it in January 2007.
The other plays in Wilson's grand undertaking (in order of decade which the drama is set) include Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Fences, Two Trains Running, Jitney and King Hedley II.
Seattle Rep had previously produced the complete cycle with the exception of Gem of the Ocean and Radio Golf. Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Wilson also made his acting debut at the Seattle Repertory Theatre in 2003 with The August Wilson Project (working title: How I Learned What I Learned) — a solo work in which the scribe drew upon his life for stories about the struggle of an artist who is "at the crossroads of black and white culture." Before he died, he was scheduled to perform that piece Off-Broadway at the Signature Theatre Company. The remaining Seattle Rep season lineup is as follows:
Tuesdays with Morrie(April 8-May 7) Tickets to Radio Golf at Seattle Repertory Theatre, at 155 Mercer Street in Seattle, WA, are on sale by calling (206) 443-2222, 1-877-900-9285 (toll free) or online at www.seatttlerep.org.