August Wilson's King Hedley II, having first taken its bow in late 1999 in Pittsburgh, opens the 2000-2001 Mark Taper Forum season Sept. 14. Hedley began performances Sept. 2 for a run through Oct. 22. Marion McClinton, who directed Wilson's Jitney, which played to packed houses at the Taper last season and is presently running Off Broadway, is the director. Continuing his decade-by-decade examination of African American life in the United States, Wilson sets King Hedley II in 1985 in the black ghetto of Pittsburgh and deals with the triumphs and trials of a community torn apart as King Hedley rages against his past and present and his pregnant wife Tonya fears to bring a child into their world. A two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, Wilson also wrote Fences, The Piano Lesson and Seven Guitars.
The cast features Charles Brown, Jerome Butler, Art Evans, Juanita Jennings, Harry Lennix, Monte Russell and Mone Walton. Set design is by David Gallo, costumes by Toni-Leslie James, lighting by Donald Holder and sound design by Rob Milburn. The PSM is Tami Toon.
Mark Taper Forum is located at 135 N. Grand Ave. For tickets and information call (213) 628-2772 or visit www.TaperAhmanson.com. For the deaf community, the information and charge number is TDD (213) 680-4017.