A press statement reads, “Due to conflicting schedules with other projects and an independent film, actor/writer Charles Dutton and producer Bonita Brisker have chosen to delay their production of Goodnight Mr. Wilson . . . Mr. Dutton attributes the postponement to a joint decision between himself and Constanza Romero (August Wilson's widow) to wait until the script, a tribute to Mr. Wilson, is further developed.” Good Night Mr. Wilson had been scheduled for a Jan. 18-21 engagement at the El Portal Mainstage in California. The evenings were to feature scenes from such Wilson plays as The Piano Lesson and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.
Charles S. Dutton received a 1985 Tony Award nomination for his work in the original production of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom; his other nomination came for another Wilson play, The Piano Lesson. Perhaps best known for his TV series "Roc," Dutton's other screen credits include roles in "No Mercy," "A Low Down Dirty Shame," "Nick of Time," "Blind Faith" and "Black Dog."
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.