Archive | July, 2013

Update: August Wilson’s American Century Cycle to be Recorded Live for First Time

5 Jul

August Wilson’s American Century Cycle to be Recorded Live for First Timerubensantiago2

“Spearheaded by Tony award-winning actor, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, and a group of heavyweight directors including Phylicia Rashad; Kenny Leon; Marion Mclinton; and Stephen McKinley Henderson, this Fall, Lincoln and The Greene Space at WNYC and WQXR will present live dramatic readings of all ten plays in front of a live studio audience and record them for generations to come. The launch event gave those involved the opportunity to relate what Wilson’s work means to them and to eloquently convey their take on the importance of the endeavor.”

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Choir Boy’s Chuck Cooper on August Wilson, Tony Kushner & His Regrets About His Tony-Winning Role

3 Jul

Choir Boy’s Chuck Cooper on August Wilson, Tony Kushner & His Regrets About His Tony-Winning RoleChuck as Wining Boy

Role That Was a Dream Come True
“I feel an incredible sense of satisfaction and relief about The Piano Lesson [2012, as Wining Boy; Lucille Lortel Award], having lived in the time of August Wilson. I missed every opportunity to be in one of his plays on Broadway and it was something I wanted very badly, so to finally get a shot at a role like Wining Boy in a production like this was a dream come true.”

Lower Bottom Playaz Continue August Wilson’s Century Cycle Staging with “Seven Guitars”

2 Jul

Lower Bottom Playaz Continue August Wilson’s CENTURY CYCLE Staging with SEVEN GUITARSSEVEN-GUITARS

“Prescott Joseph Center For Community Enhancement is proud to announce the 12th season of theater in its Sister Thea Bowman Memorial Theater. Season 12. TALES OF IRON AND WATER, starring The Lower Bottom Playaz under the Director of Ayodele Nzinga, MFA, PHD, opens with the fifth installment of August Wilson’s CENTURY CYCLE, SEVEN GUITARS. You are invited to join the Sister Thea Bowman Memorial Theater and the Lower Bottom Playaz as they continue in their commitment to be the first theater and troupe to ever stage all ten plays in August Wilson’s CENTURY CYCLE consecutively.”

Lenny Henry and Paulette Randall are a tour de force with August Wilson’s “Fences”

1 Jul

Lenny Henry and Paulette Randall are a tour de force with August Wilson’s “Fences”Lenny Henry in Fences

“Lenny Henry and Paulette Randall calculate they’ve been friends for 24 years.

Such is the ready banter between the comedian-turned-serious-actor and the acclaimed theatre and TV director that my list of questions soon becomes largely irrelevant.

‘I was s***ting myself,’ says Henry, 54, about taking on the lead in Randall’s production of August Wilson’s play Fences, which comes to the West End this week. ‘But because I knew Paulette had done it before, that was my lifeline.’

But she hadn’t done this one before, had she? ‘No,’ says Randall, wide-eyed.

‘You told me you had!’ says a mock-outraged Henry.

‘I might have told you that just to make you feel safer,’ she shrugs.

‘You lying brute!’

Whatever means Randall employed, the outcome has been triumphant. Fences comes to London after a successful British tour – and Henry is thrilling in the role of Troy Maxson, the garbage-collecting tragic hero who harbours stubborn hopes in 1950s Pittsburgh.”

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