August Wilson's celebrated 10-play cycle captures 100 years of African American life during each decade of the 20th century. Join us for an historic series in The Greene Space as an extraordinary cast of actors and directors — many who worked directly with Wilson — gather to make the first-ever recording of all ten plays in August Wilson's American Century Cycle.
King Hedley II has been described as one of Wilson's darkest plays. Set in the 1980s, it tells the story of an ex-convict in Pittsburgh trying to rebuild his life by selling stolen refrigerators so that he can save enough money to buy a video store.
Directed by Michele Shay and featuring actors Russell Hornsby, Leslie Uggams, Kevin Carroll, Stephen M. Henderson, Marsha Stephanie Blake and Arthur French.
The live video webcast of this reading is not available for on-demand viewing. Select plays will air on WNYC and public radio stations across the country in 2014, and audio of all 10 plays will be available for on-demand streaming here on our website in early 2014.
Thanks to our philanthropic partners The Ford Foundation whose mission is to support visionary leaders and organizations on the front lines of social change worldwide and The Jerome Robbins Foundation.
Special permission for this project is provided by the Estate of August Wilson. For more information, please visit www.samuelfrench.com