August Wilson's Radio Golf

by  August Wilson

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  4m, 1f

"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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August Wilson's Radio Golf

by  August Wilson

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 1f
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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.
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Accolades

  • 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.

Reviews

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

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1990s
  • Setting: The Hill District, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1997. The office of Bedford Hills Redevelopment, Inc., in a storefront on Centre Avenue.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

4m, 1f
ELDER JOSEPH BARLOW
STERLING JOHNSON
HARMOND WILKS
MAME WILKS
ROOSEVELT HICKS
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Cast Attributes

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

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Authors

August Wilson

August Wilson (April 27, 1945-October 2, 2005) authored 

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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.

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