"One of the most important voices in the American theater"
--The New York Times
Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Tony Award for Best Play
Directed by Kenny Leon
Once a famous baseball player in the Negro Leagues, Troy Maxson is now a proud garbage collector, father, and husband. When his youngest son is offered a football scholarship, Troy must reconcile his anger at past racial inequities with wanting the best for his family's future.
--Running Time: 2 hours, 21 minutes, with one intermission--
Troy Maxon: John Beasley
Jim Bono: Bill Nunn
Rose: Tamara Tunie
Lyons: Montae Russell
Gabriel: Hassan El-Amin
Cory: Anthony Mackie
Raynell: Autumn Malhotra
NOTE (as of Mar. 16): Due to the illness of Louis Gossett Jr., John Beasley will play the role of Troy Maxon.
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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