August Wilson Cycle

Friday, September 20, 2013

Ebony Jo-Ann performs the title role in August Wilson's "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" live in The Greene Space (Matthew Septimus)

WNYC's The Greene Space is in the midst of presenting all ten plays that form August Wilson's American Century Cycle. Artistic director Ruben Santiago Hudson, actor and associate artistic director Stephen McKinley Henderson, and the project’s audio theater producer Arthur Yorinks talk about the playwright and his work, its depiction of African American history, and the process of converting stage productions to radio drama.

→Check ticket availability for the remaining performances at The Greene Space.


Stephen McKinley Henderson, Ruben Santiago Hudson and Arthur Yorinks

Comments [4]

Nick Lento from NJ

I agree wholeheartedly with Judith Cooper and alme. The video of the readings should also be archived as performed (perhaps with minimal editing *if* needed).

Obviously that was not the way the project was projected to be preserved/presented/archived...and it would not be a substitution for the audio archive...but an *added* facet to the whole jewel.

Sep. 20 2013 12:10 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Did Mr. Wilson write the plays in the order of the decades they take place in?

Sep. 20 2013 11:58 AM
judith cooper from Manhattan

The performances to date have been wonderful. They really should make the videos, not only the audio, available at some point because even though they were "readings", the acting - expressions and gesture - add a depth that shouldn't be lost.

Sep. 20 2013 11:50 AM

Is there a reason why the videos aren't available for streaming after the initial broadcast? I've loved the ones I've been able to see but haven't been able to catch each play and would love to be able to watch the ones I've missed.

P.S. Mr. Santiago-Hudson: Your performance in the Fences reading blew me away!

Sep. 20 2013 11:44 AM

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