Thursday, February 07, 2008

An August Cycle For Spring

An August Cycle For Spring

For nearly a quarter of a century, August Wilson expertly honed his playwrighting craft by weaving a rich tapestry on the African-American experience. Through his ten august works, he enriched us with a breathtaking cycle -- one play for each decade of the 20th Century -- depicting life among Pittsburgh's black community.

Now, as a major testament to his enduring collective masterpiece, America's quintessential showplace is set to produce the entire cycle as part of its "August Wilson's 20th Century." Helmed in part by longtime Wilson collaborator Kenny Leon, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will present all ten of Wilson's plays over the course of one short month, beginning March 4 with Gem Of The Ocean and concluding April 6 with both King Hedley II and Radio Golf.

Sadly, the tribute comes two and a half years after the Pulitzer and Tony-winning playwright succumbed to cancer in October of 2005. But I can think of no better place for his exceptional American oeuvre to be performed than the Kennedy Center.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for ticket information.
Related Stories:
Radio Golf Closes In On Bunker (June 13, 2007)
Did Critics Find Radio Golf Up To Par? (May 8, 2007)
Radio Golf (The SOB Review)(February 7, 2007)
Did Critics Find Radio Golf On Par With Wilson's Other Works? (January 25, 2007)
Radio Golf Tunes Into Chicago Opening Tonight (January 23, 2007)
Reports: August Wilson's Radio Golf To Swing Into Cort (January 15, 2007)

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At 08 February, 2008, Blogger SarahB said...

Amen! Gem of the Ocean is one of the best plays EVER written.


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