August 15th, 2012RADIO GOLF - August 24-September 15Directed by Kathryn Hunter-Williams
The concluding play in Wilson's epic 10-play cycle charting the African American experience in the 20th Century. The play follows Harmond Wilks, a successful entrepreneur vying to become Pittsburgh's first black mayor. A timely and moving comic drama from the author of Jitney.
The price of progress is high in August Wilson's Radio Golf
, presented by Deep Dish Theater Company August 24 to September 5. This Tony-nominated, comedic drama, directed by Kathryn Hunter-Williams, kicks off the companys twelfth season at University Mall.
"We're thrilled to begin our season with the work of one of 20th Century's most eloquent and insightful playwrights," said Paul Frellick, Deep Dish Theater's founding Artistic Director. "And this play, as much as any he wrote, seems to speak directly to our present time, both politically and culturally."
Smart and successful, Harmond Wilks aspires to become the first black mayor of Pittsburgh. But a long-neglected piece of property and a harsh reality stand in his way what is right is not always popular, and what is popular is not always right. Radio Golf concludes the unprecedented Century Cycle, a series of ten dramas chronicling African-American life in twentieth-century America by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author, August Wilson (Jitney, Fences, The Piano Lesson
This production reunites director Hunter-Williams and actor Mike Wiley, winner of a recent Indie Award from the Independent Weekly magazine, who plays Wilks; the pair worked together on the celebrated Deep Dish production of Wilsons Jitney in 2009. The cast also includes Hazel Edmond, Nilan Johnson, Warren Keyes, and Phillip Bernard Smith. The design staff is comprised of Rob Hamilton (set), Jenni Mann Becker (lights), Pamela Bond (costumes), Leanne Norton Heintz (properties), and Michael Betts II (sound). John Rogers Harris is the dramaturg, and Joe Keilholz the stage manager.
The theater will present a pre-show "Meet the Play" talk on Friday, August 31 at 7 pm. Post-performance discussions will take place Sunday, August 26 (with dramaturg John Rogers Harris and director Kathryn Hunter-Williams); Sunday, September 2 (with the cast and Chapel Hill Council Member Donna Bell); and Thursday, September 6 (a Meet the Designers discussion with the production staff). The Deep Dish Book Selection, Home
by Toni Morrison, will be discussed on Monday, September 10, at 7 p.m. at Flyleaf Books.
Performances begin Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday (matinee) at 2 p.m. Deep Dish is located in Chapel Hill's University Mall, on Estes Drive and US 15-501.
Tickets are $21 for adults and $19 for seniors, with a $2 discount for Wednesday and Thursday shows. Student tickets are $14 for all shows. Wednesday, August 29 is "Cheap Dish Night" all tickets are $10 (no reservations accepted). Call 919-968-1515 for ticket reservations and for more information visit www.deepdishtheater.org.