Wilson Vets Anthony Chisolm and John Earl Jelks Return for Los Angeles Radio Golf

News   Wilson Vets Anthony Chisolm and John Earl Jelks Return for Los Angeles Radio Golf Original cast members Anthony Chisolm, John Earl Jelks and James A. Williams return to reprise their roles in the cast of the upcoming Los Angeles run of August Wilson's cycle-ending Radio Golf.

From Top: Anthony Chisolm and John Earl Jelks
From Top: Anthony Chisolm and John Earl Jelks

Kenny Leon — who staged Wilson's Gem of the Ocean and the revival of A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway — directs the California run at the Center Theatre Group's Mark Taper Forum, July 31-Sept. 18. The opening is slated for Aug. 11.

The male trio (Chisolm and Jelks collaborated with Leon on Gem) are joined for the new run by Denise Burse (An American Daughter) and Rocky Carroll (The Piano Lesson).

With Radio Golf, Wilson ends his ten-play cycle which chronicles the African American experience in the twentieth century decade by decade. The 1990s-set work involves real estate developers who look to tear down the home of recurring Wilson character Aunt Esther.

The other plays in Wilson's grand undertaking (in order of decade which the drama is set) include 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 and King Hedley II.

The design team — which also returns — for Radio Golf features David Gallo (scenic), Susan Hilferty (costumes) and Donald Holder (lighting). Jon Gottlieb assumes sound duties for the L.A. run. Todd Kreidler serves as dramaturg and Narda E. Alcorn returns as the stage manager with Mary K Klinger joining. Playwright Wilson is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fences (1987) and The Piano Lesson (1990). The scribe made his acting debut in May 2003 performing an autobiographical one-man show How I Learned What I Learned at Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Radio Golf previously ran at Yale Repertory Theatre (April 22-May 14) under the direction of Timothy Douglas. Chisolm, Jelks and Williams appeared with in a cast of Wilson vets that also featured Michele Shay (Seven Guitars) and Richard Brooks (King Hedley II, Fences).

Tickets to Radio Golf at Yale Rep, 1120 Chapel Street (at York St.) in New Haven, CT can be purchased by calling (203) 432-1234 or visit www.yalerep.org.