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Radio Golf - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Radio Golf

August Wilson

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

4m, 1f

ISBN: 9781559363082

"With wit and soul, Radio Golf brings to a close the most ambitious theatrical undertaking in the history of American theater." - New York Sun
A fast-paced, dynamic and wonderfully funny work about the world today and the dreams we have for the future. Set in Pittsburgh in the late 1990's, it's the story of a successful entrepreneur who aspires to become the city's first black mayor. But when the past begins to catch up with him, secrets get revealed that could be his undoing.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Time Period - 1990s

Settings Of Play - The Hill District, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1997. The office of Bedford Hills Redevelopment, Inc., in a storefront on Centre Avenue.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Broadway

Winner! 2007 New York Drama Critics Circle Award, Best Play
Nominee! 2007 Tony Award, Best Play
Nominee! 2007 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Play

August Wilson is the recipient of the 1986 Whiting Award for Drama.

Radio Golf is a fast-paced, dynamic and wonderfully funny work about the world today and the dreams we have for the future. Set in Pittsburgh in the late 1990's, it's the story of a successful entrepreneur who aspires to become the city's first black mayor. But when the past begins to catch up with him, secrets get revealed that could be his undoing.

The most contemporary of all of August Wilson's work, Radio Golf is the final play in his unprecedented 10-play cycle chronicling African-American life in the 20th century - an unprecedented series that includes the Pulitzer Prize-winning plays Fences and The Piano Lesson. Completed shortly after his death in 2005, this bittersweet drama of assimilation and alienation in nineties America traces the forces of change on a neighborhood and its people caught between history and the twenty-first century.

REVIEWS

"Surprising, suspenseful, and crowd-rousing. The final play in August Wilson's magnificent cycle has crackling comedy, engaging snap, and theatrical zest. In Mr. Wilson's world, the song, it seems, hasn't ended after all." - Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"Gorgeous writing with a big heart! Not only is this Wilson's most contemporary work. It is also his most accessible and most unambiguously political - an urgent call to remember what the 20th century has done to these people and its community." - Linda Winer, Newsday

"The dialogue crackles with the poetry and fierce conscience that made Wilson one of this country's most essential artists!" - Elysa Gardner, USA Today

"It's hard not to feel the tug of emotion as the curtain rises on Radio Golf, the final play in August Wilson's astounding 10-play cycle. It may be the clearest and most accessible of the lot, and the most rewarding. Watching, one ponders who will fill Wilson's shoes - will anybody be so fearless and unflinching about the realities of black life in America? One doubts it." - Jacques le Sourd, The Journal News

"Radio Golf brings the titanic undertaking of a great playwright to a conclusion, with some of Wilson's characteristically vibrant arias." - David Rooney, Variety

"Radio Golf brings Wilson's amazing 10-play journey to an emotional, hopeful conclusion. The play's prime speeches are classic examples of Wilson's expansive, lyrical, and frequently very funny style." - Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press

"With wit and soul, Radio Golf brings to a close the most ambitious theatrical undertaking in the history of American theater." - Eric Grode, New York Sun

"Capping a monumental achievement by one of America's most insightful playwrights, Radio Golf is a swift, engrossing drama brimming with Wilson's characteristic wisdom and humor." - Michael Sommers, The Star-Ledger

"The culmination of one of the great achievements in the history of American theater. Extremely funny, with wonderful characters and pungent dialogue. Radio Golf is a fitting conclusion to Wilson's master plan, a work that clearly, passionately and wisely states the author's themes." - Robert Feldberg, The Record

Radio Golf was first produced at the Yale Repertory Theatre, under artistic director James Bundy and managing director Victoria Nolan, in New Haven, Connecticut, in April 2005. It opened on Broadway at the Cort Theatre in New York City on May 8, 2007. It was directed by Kenny Leon.
Characters

CASTING

4m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Ensemble cast, Multicultural casting

ELDER JOSEPH BARLOW
STERLING JOHNSON
HARMOND WILKS
MAME WILKS
ROOSEVELT HICKS
Author
August Wilson

August Wilson

August Wilson (April 27, 1945-October 2, 2005) authored Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Fences, Two Trains Running, Jitney, King Hedley II, and Radio Golf. These works explore the heritage and experience of the descendants of Africans in North America, decade-by-decade, over the course of the twentieth century, forming the ... view full profile

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