By Andrew Gans
22 Jun 2005
Irene Lewis, artistic director of Centerstage, told the Baltimore paper, "I wanted this play very badly." Centerstage's Artistic Associate James Magruder added, "As opposed to a lot of the other August Wilson plays, there are characters in this play who have gotten access to the power that's been so long denied to them. So they have the opportunity — either there's personal enrichment or there's community enrichment, and they have the choice. And as is always the case with August Wilson, the answers are never clear-cut."
The other plays in Wilson's ten-play cycle 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.
Wilson received the Pulitzer Prize for Fences and The Piano Lesson as well as a Tony Award for Fences. Additionally, his plays have garnered seven New York Drama Critics Circle Awards and an Olivier Award for Jitney. Wilson is an alumnus of New Dramatists and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
For more information about Centerstage, visit www.centerstage.org. For tickets, call the theatre's box office at (410) 332-0033.