Doors will open at 7:45 PM. The first half of the event will take place in the theatre with a ceremony featuring Charles S. Dutton, Jujamcyn Theatres creative director Jack Viertel, Lillias White and members of the original cast of Seven Guitars. Immediately following the program will be the unveiling of a new marquee outside the theatre on 52nd Street. This occasion will mark the first time that a Broadway theatre has been named after an African American. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Wilson (Fences, The Piano Lesson) died Oct. 2 from complications due to liver cancer at the age of 60.
Jujamcyn Theatres will produce a Broadway production of Radio Golf, the 10th and final play in Wilson's cycle next season.
His first play, Jitney, was produced in Pittsburgh, PA, at the Allegheny Repertory Theatre in 1982. He is also the author of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Fences, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running, Seven Guitars, King Hedley II and his most recent Broadway outing Gem of the Ocean. His works explore the heritage and experience of African-Americans, decade-by-decade, over the course of the 20th century. His plays have been produced at regional theatres across the country and all over the world, as well as on Broadway.
In spring 2003, Wilson made his professional stage debut in his one-man show, How I Learned What I Learned.