With Radio Golf, Israel Hicks Directs Entire Wilson Cycle Under Denver Center Roof

News   With Radio Golf, Israel Hicks Directs Entire Wilson Cycle Under Denver Center Roof
 
The Tony Award-winning Denver Center Theatre Company completes an unprecedented theatrical event starting March 20: With the launch of August Wilson's Radio Golf, one director — Israel Hicks — will have directed all ten plays of Wilson's cycle for one theatre company.

Israel Hicks
Israel Hicks

Wilson addresses a different decade of the 20th century in his cycle exploring the African-American experience. Officially opening March 26 (and continuing to April 25), the new production of the late Wilson's final play appears in The Space Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Wilson set most of his plays in Pittsburgh's Hill District, where Radio Golf also takes place. "Radio Golf begins as redevelopment threatens the preservation of a landmark house with important spiritual meaning to the neighborhood. With the history of a people at stake, an entrepreneur, who hopes to become the city's first Black mayor, is trailed by his past and secrets that could become his undoing."

Hicks' design team has a history with Wilson plays in Denver. Designing the set is Michael Ganio, set designer for the previous productions of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Seven Guitars and Two Trains Running. Costume designer David Kay Mickelsen has designed DCTC productions of Gem of the Ocean, King Hedley II, Jitney, Two Trains Running and Seven Guitars. Charles R. MacLeod has been Hicks' lighting designer on Gem of the Ocean, King Hedley II, Jitney, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Seven Guitars, Two Trains Running, Joe Turner's Come and Gone and The Piano Lesson. Sound designer Jason Ducat joins the team for Radio Golf.

The cast includes Harvy Blanks (Gem of the Ocean, King Hedley II, Jitney, Seven Guitars, The Piano Lesson, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Fences) as Sterling Johnson, Terrence Riggins (Gem of the Ocean, King Hedley II) as Harmond Wilks, Kim Staunton (Gem of the Ocean, King Hedley II) as Mame Wilks, Charles Weldon (Gem of the Ocean, King Hedley II, Jitney, Two Trains Running, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom) as Elder Joseph Barlow, and making his Denver Center debut is Darryl Alan Reed (St. Louis Black Repertory, Pasadena Playhouse) as Roosevelt Hicks.

For more information visit denvercenter.org.

Harvy Blanks and Darryl Alan Reed in <i>Radio Golf</i>
Harvy Blanks and Darryl Alan Reed in Radio Golf Photo by Terry Shapiro
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