"Our good wishes are with John as he recuperates," said Huntington managing director Michael Maso in a prepared statment. "We are very fortunate to have Eugene Lee back with us again." Lee played the role of Eli in the Huntington's 2004 production of Wilson's Gem of the Ocean.
Jelks was one of the original cast members of what became Wilson's last play. He appeared in the Yale Repertory Theatre world premiere and subsequent Seattle, Los Angeles and Baltimore runs.
Kenny Leon (Gem of the Ocean, Raisin in the Sun) directs the cycle-ending drama which plays at the Boston University Theatre through Oct. 15. The work will next play Chicago's Goodman Theatre (Jan. 13-Feb. 18, 2007) and New Jersey's McCarter Theatre (March 18-April 8, 2007) before it is expected on Broadway.
With Radio Golf, Wilson ended his 10-play cycle which chronicles the African-American experience in the 20th century, decade by decade. The 1990s-set play involves real estate developers who look to tear down the home of recurring Wilson character Aunt Esther.
Original cast members Anthony Chisholm and James A. Williams reprise their turns opposite Hassan El Amin and Michole Briana White.
The design team for Radio Golf features David Gallo (scenic), Susan Hilferty (costume), Donald Holder (lighting) and Dan Moses Schreier (sound). Kathryn Bostic provides original music, Marion Friedman serves as production stage manager and Erin Annarella is vocal coach.
Tickets to Radio Golf at the Huntington mainstage Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., are available by calling (617) 266-0800. For more information, visit www.huntingtontheatre.org.