The Greene Space of NYC Announces Release of Audio Recordings of August Wilson’s Century Cycle

By Mike Downing

Phylicia_Rashad_GemYou may recall that, a few years ago, The Greene Space in NYC coordinated an historical event.  They brought in actors and directors to produce audio recordings of August Wilson’s plays, thereby committing the entire Century Cycle to permanent record.

At the time, I contacted The Greene Space and spoke with them about hosting the recordings, when they became available.  They told me to sit tight.

Well, after two years of production, I’m pleased to announce that August Wilson’s American Century Cycle, performed and recorded in the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, is becoming available on a limited-time basis.

The recordings will only be available now through August 26, 2015 and they will be released on a rolling schedule.  “Gem of the Ocean” and “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” are available now. The rest of the series will be released Sundays on a weekly basis.

Schedule of release dates:

April 26:            Gem of the Ocean and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone

May 3:                Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

May 10:              The Piano Lesson

May 17:              Seven Guitars

May 24:              Fences

May 31:              Two Trains Running

June 7:               Jitney

June 14:             King Hedley II

June 21:             Radio Golf

4 thoughts on “The Greene Space of NYC Announces Release of Audio Recordings of August Wilson’s Century Cycle

  1. You should release all the August Wilson plays for free or sell them. They are prized possession to African American culture

    1. I agree, they certainly are prized possessions. However, I do not have the legal rights to release Mr. Wilson’s plays in any form.

      I’m happy to say that they are increasingly available in library collections and the paperbacks are available on Amazon for a reasonable price.

  2. Is there any way to get copies of this still? I am going to be teaching “Ma Rainey” and I am desperately trying to find this audio recording!

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