August Wilson's 20th Century: Seven Guitars
Friday, March 14, 2008 - Thursday, April 03, 2008

"Everybody got a time coming," says one of the central characters in this exploration of life and death. Through flashbacks, seven friends and neighbors face the sobering reality of mortality and the pain of losing those they love.

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"One of the most important voices in the American theater"
--The New York Times

Seven Guitars (1940s)
Directed by Derrick Sanders

"Everybody got a time coming," says one of the central characters in this powerful exploration of life and death, which begins and ends with a funeral. Through flashbacks, seven friends and neighbors face the sobering reality of mortality and the pain of losing the people they love.
--Running Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes, with one intermission--

CASTING
Louise: LaTanya Richardson Jackson
Canewell: Russell Hornsby
Red Carter: Ellis E. Williams
Vera: Vanessa Bell Calloway
Hedley: Afemo Omilami
Floyd Barton: Harry Lennix
Ruby: Crystal Fox

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An American icon, August Wilson depicted the human condition like no other playwright of his time. His legacy lives on through his crowning achievement: a cycle of 10 plays chronicling the African American experience, each set in a different decade of the 20th century. Crafted over nearly 25 years, these works garnered Wilson myriad accolades, including a Tony Award and two Pulitzer Prizes. Bringing them together for the first time ever, the Kennedy Center presents staged readings of all 10 of Wilson's masterpieces, frequently dubbed "The Pittsburgh Cycle," as all but one are grounded in the city of his youth.

More than 30 stars of stage and screen join Artistic Director Kenny Leon and six other acclaimed directors for this historic month-long celebration (March 4–April 6, 2008). Complemented with costumes, lighting, and scenery, the plays will be performed in chronological order--collectively revealing Wilson's sweeping vision of the challenge and glory of being black in America.

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Acting for August

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