Wilson's Gem of the Ocean and Radio Golf Open at the Alliance Sept. 6

News   Wilson's Gem of the Ocean and Radio Golf Open at the Alliance Sept. 6 The final two works in the late August Wilson's ten-play Century Cycle, Gem of the Ocean and Radio Golf, officially open at the Alliance Theatre Sept. 6.
Radio Golf's Chad L. Coleman, Afemo Omilami and Donald Griffin
Radio Golf's Chad L. Coleman, Afemo Omilami and Donald Griffin Photo by Greg Mooney

Gem of the Ocean, under the direction of Kenny Leon, will be presented at 2 PM, while Radio Golf, under the direction of Kent Gash, will begin at 8 PM. Performances of the Wilson works, which are playing in repertory, began Aug. 29. The Alliance is one of the few theatre companies to ever produce Wilson's entire Century Cycle of works.

Both works feature a company of actors including Donald Griffin, Tonia M. Jackson, Larry Larson, E. Roger Mitchell and Afemo Omilami. For Gem of the Ocean, the company is joined by Chad L. Coleman and Michele Shay.

Designing the Alliance productions are Edward E. Haynes, Jr. (set design), Mariann Verheyen (costume design), Ann G. Wrightson (lighting design), Dan Moses Schreier (sound design for Gem of the Ocean), Clay Benning (sound design for Radio Golf) and Jade Lambert Smith (dramaturg).

Set in 1904, Gem of the Ocean begins "on the eve of the 285th birthday of Aunt Ester (a recurring character in Wilson’s play cycle). Citizen Barlow, a man who is in spiritual turmoil, arrives at Aunt Ester's house in Pittsburgh's Hill District and is soon set off on a spiritual journey to find the mythic City of Bones, leading him to startling discoveries and setting him on a course of duty and redemption."

In Radio Golf "Harmond Wilks, a charming and powerful African-American politician, is running for the highest office of his career, with the loving support of his savvy wife, Mame," according to show notes. "As Harmond steps into political prominence, the past is just a few steps behind him ... and gaining fast."

For tickets and information phone (404) 733-5000 or visit AllianceTheatre.

The Alliance Theatre is located within the Woodruff Arts Center, at the corner of Peachtree Street and 15th Street, in Atlanta, GA.

Chad L. Coleman and Afemo Omilami in <i>Radio Golf</i>.
Chad L. Coleman and Afemo Omilami in Radio Golf. Photo by Greg Mooney