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

By Mike Downing

Several readers have asked me to re-post this, so here it is.

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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…

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Check Out The Greene Space Content Related to August Wilson

By Mike Downing

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Now is the time to listen to August Wilson’s plays, as recorded at The Greene Space.

The plays will stream at no charge until August 26, 2015.

The link to the right will take you to all of the material released by The Greene Space as it relates to August Wilson.  Not only are the links to the audio recordings of the plays themselves present, there is additional content, such as interviews and commentary.

If you would like to link directly to the plays themselves, visit this post.

I do not know what is going to happen to the Wilson play recordings after August 26.  I’ll provide that information as soon as it reaches me.

Hill House Association Celebrates August Wilson’s 70th birthday

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From The New Pittsburgh Courier:

“During the course of the three-hour event, about 60-75 people attended. Attendees had the opportunity to interact with scholars, students, and family of August Wilson.

“Alexis Payne, a senior at Pittsburgh CAPA, was named the winner of the 11th Play Competition sponsored by WQED’s August Wilson Education Project, with her play entitled: “On Rayton.”

2015 Langston Hughes Film Fest Opens with ‘August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand’

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By Mike Downing

The Seattle Times is reporting that August Wilson’s “The Ground on Which I Stand,” will open the Langston Hughes Festival at 6 p.m. at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute on April 11.

“The Ground on Which I Stand,” is a documentary about Wilson, who moved to Seattle in 1990. It includes interviews with James Earl Jones, Viola Davis, Laurence Fishburne and others.

Click here for a link to the article.