August in April is described as an anthology drama that fuses live performances of Wilson's work with filmed commentaries from acclaimed artists and scholars. Yvette Ganier will direct the production, which focuses "on the notions of youth and legacy, exploring through theatre the world of today's youth."
The production will feature excerpts from such Wilson plays as 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, King Hedley II and Radio Golf. Among those who took part in the documentary portion of August in April are Phylicia Rashad, Charles Dutton, Suzan-Lori Parks, Stephen Henderson, Viola Davis, Anthony Chisholm, Paul Carter Harrison, Rubin Santiago-Hudson, Lloyd Richards, Paul Butler, Woodie King and Gus Edwards.
August in April will be presented April 27 and 28 at 10 AM and 7 PM and April 29 at 3 and 7 PM.
The Harry DeJur Playhouse is located within the Henry Street Settlement Abrons Arts Center at 466 Grand Street in New York. Tickets are priced $10; for more information call (718) 951-5888.
* Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson died Oct. 3, 2005 of lung cancer. Mr. Wilson was 60. On Oct. 16 the Virginia Theatre was renamed the August Wilson Theatre in his honor. Among his many plays are Radio Golf, 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.