Parson Directs Radio Golf at Pittsburgh Public, Completing Wilson Cycle

News   Parson Directs Radio Golf at Pittsburgh Public, Completing Wilson Cycle Pittsburgh Public Theater has assembled a cast for its season-opening production of August Wilson's Pittsburgh-set final play, Radio Golf, Oct. 2-Nov. 2, in the O'Reilly Theater.

The drama of politics, race and class, set in 1997, will be directed by Ron OJ Parson and will feature Tyla Abercrumbie, Morocco Omari, Montae Russell, E. Milton Wheeler and Alfred H. Wilson. It opens Oct. 10.

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Pittsburgh native Wilson, who charted the 20th century African-American experience in ten plays (one per decade), died Oct. 2, 2005, at age 60. Pittsburgh Public Theater has produced all ten plays in the cycle, which includes Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Fences, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running, Seven Guitars, Jitney, King Hedley II, Gem of the Ocean and Radio Golf.

According to PPT, "Radio Golf takes place in modern Pittsburgh, where two new stadiums are about to be built but there's still not a supermarket in the Hill District. Harmond Wilks (Morocco Omari) and his wife Mame (Tyla Abercrumbie), politically savvy African-Americans in the mold of Barack and Michelle Obama, are getting ready to begin his campaign for mayor. With friend and golfing buddy Roosevelt Hicks (E. Milton Wheeler), Harmond is also working all the angles to launch a real estate deal that could bring millions of dollars to the Hill. Everything is on track until Old Joe (Alfred H. Wilson) and the quarrelsome handyman Sterling Johnson (Montae Russell) show up to throw a wrench into the plans."

Radio Golf was nominated for the 2007 Best Play Tony Award.

The design team for Radio Golf is Jack Magaw (scenic), Myrna Colley-Lee (costumes), Brian Sidney Bembridge (lighting) and Vincent Olivieri (sound). Fredric H. Orner is the production stage manager, and Ashley Martin is the assistant stage manager. For tickets call (412) 316-1600 or visit www.ppt.org. Pittsburgh Public Theater is led by producing artistic director Ted Pappas.