The playwrighting artistry of two-time Pulitzer-winner August Wilson will be explored in three public forums at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre where his latest play, Seven Guitars opens MArch 28.
The discussions are free and open to the public on a first-come-first-served basis. Upcoming events organized by Pamela Sheree Booker are as follows:
* Saturday, April 13 -- Designers of Wilson's plays will discuss how they illustrate his work in "Artists are the Directors and Stage is their Canvas" at 10 AM. Charles McClennahan (set designer of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom) and Candice Donnelly (costumes for Fences) will join the creative team for Seven Guitars: Chris Akerlind (lighting), Scott Bradley (set), Tom Clark (sound).
* Saturday, May 11 -- "The Women of August" is the title of the 10 AM event that will feature Prof. Glenda Dickerson of Spelman College and Black Masks editor Beth Turner talking with the women of Seven Guitars: Viola Davis, Rosalyn Coleman and Michele Shay, with special guest Regina Taylor.
* Saturday, June 8 -- Members of the Seven Guitars cast will appear with the show's musical director Dwight D. Andrews and musician Olu Dara at 10 AM for "They got the blues and they don't know it," an examination of the influence of music, especially blues, that saturate Wilson's work. For more information, call (212) 502-1155.
Seven Guitars is currently in previews at the Walter Kerr Theatre, in preparation for a March 28 opening.
The production is directed by Lloyd Richards (who has staged all of Wilson's plays on Broadway). The cast features Keith David (Tony nomination for "Jelly's Last Jam"), Rosalyn Coleman, Viola Davis, Tommy Hollis, Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Michelle Shay.
Set in 1948 Pittsburgh, "Seven Guitars" is Wilson's portrait of a group of African-American blues musicians who try to live out their grand dreams of going to Chicago and becoming stars.
Wilson won the Pulitzer Prize in 1987 for "Fences" and in 1990 for "The Piano Lesson." His plays include "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" and "Two Trains Running." All are part of his decade-by-decade cycle of dramas about African-American life in the 20th century.
"Seven Guitars" was first seen at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center in Connecticut, and has been developed in productions across the U.S., most notably at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Sets are by Scott Bradley, costumes by Constanza Romero, lighting by Christopher Akerlind and sound by Tom Clark
Broadway tickets are on sale through Tele-Charge: (212) 239-6200.