PHOTO CALL: August Wilson Lights Up the Former Virginia Theatre at Broadway Renaming

News   PHOTO CALL: August Wilson Lights Up the Former Virginia Theatre at Broadway Renaming Formidable African-American playwright August Wilson, who recently succumbed to liver cancer, was honored in the highest way by the theatre community on Oct. 16 as Broadway's Virginia Theatre was renamed the August Wilson Theatre.
From Top: Charles Dutton and Anthony Chisholm.
From Top: Charles Dutton and Anthony Chisholm.

In a career that spanned twenty years, Wilson saw eight parts of his 10-play cycle about the African-American experience in the 20th century reach Broadway houses. All eight were nominated for the Best Play Tony Award, with 1987’s Fences taking the prize. Jujamcyn Theaters, which owns the August Wilson Theatre, has announced that it will bring Wilson’s final play Radio Golf to Broadway next season. At left, veteran Wilson actors Charles Dutton (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson) and Anthony Chisholm (Two Trains Running, Gem of the Ocean) are seen at the renaming ceremony. Below, Wilson’s widow Constanza Romero and daughters Azula Carmen Wilson and Sakina Ansari are seen just as Jujamcyn head Rocco Landesman unveils the theatre’s new marquee.

Photos by Aubrey Reuben


From Left: Constanza Romero, Azula Carmen Wilson, Rocco Landesman and Sakina Ansari.
From Left: Constanza Romero, Azula Carmen Wilson, Rocco Landesman and Sakina Ansari.