"One of the most important voices in the American theater"
--The New York Times
King Hedley II (1980s)
Directed by Derrick Sanders
An ex-con in the Reagan years of excess tries to rebuild his life by selling stolen refrigerators and robbing the neighborhood jeweler so he can buy a video store. But grand dreams for his wife and unborn child are threatened by a system that's not about to play by his rules.
--Running Time: 2 hours, 55 minutes, with one intermission--
King Hedley II: Russell Hornsby
Ruby: Lynda Gravátt
Mister: Jason Dirden
Elmore: Stephen McKinley Henderson
Tonya: Heather Alicia Simms
Stool Pigeon: James A. Williams
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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