Pre-Broadway Boston Run of August Wilson's Radio Golf Begins for Huntington

News   Pre-Broadway Boston Run of August Wilson's Radio Golf Begins for Huntington The Broadway-bound Kenny Leon staging of August Wilson's Radio Golf begins its Boston run Sept. 8 to kick off the Huntington Theatre Company's new season.
Cast member Anthony Chisholm
Cast member Anthony Chisholm Photo by Aubrey Reuben

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, John Earl Jelks and James A. Williams — who have appeared in the Yale Repertory Theatre world premiere and subsequent Seattle, Los Angeles and Baltimore runs — reprise theirs turns opposite Hassan El Amin and Suzzanne Douglas.

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.

The epic cycle (in order of decade which the drama is set) includes 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, King Hedley II and Radio Golf. All of the aforementioned works have played on Broadway with the exception of Jitney — which enjoyed Off-Broadway runs at Second Stage Theatre and Union Square Theatre — and, as of yet, Radio Golf. All the Broadway productions received Tony Award nominations for Best Play with Fences taking home the prize. Wilson also garnered the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for that work and The Piano Lesson.

The Huntington season continues with Theresa Rebeck's Mauritius (Oct. 6 Nov. 12), David Lindsay-Abaire's Rabbit Hole (Nov. 3-Dec. 3), Kate Burton in The Cherry Orchard (Jan. 5-Feb. 4, 2007), Lisa Kron's Well (March 9 April 8, 2007), Noah Haidle's Persephone (March 30-May 6, 2007) and David Rabe's Streamers (May 18-June 17).

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.