Photos: August Wilson's American Century Cycle Launch

Friday, August 09, 2013

(Stephanie Black)

The Greene Space celebrated the launch of August Wilson's American Century Cycle on June 15, 2013, bringing directors, actors and supporters of the series together to discuss the playwright's legacy — and our historic 10-play recording project.

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Drum processional

The event began with a drum processional on Charlton and Varick Streets, entering into The Greene Space.

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Tony Award-nominee Kenny Leon and Tony Award-winner Phylicia Rashad are among the directors in the recording series.

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The drum processional enters The Greene Space.

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Honoring the past

A traditional libation ceremony, led by Baba Lee Abraham, opened the event.

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Singer Marcelle Lashley performed.

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Singer Marcelle Lashley

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WQXR's Terrance McKnight hosted

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Constanza Romero, August Wilson's widow and executor of the August Wilson Estate

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Indira Etwaroo, the project's Executive Producer

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The project's Artistic Director and Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Artistic Director and Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson

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Tony Award-winner Phylicia Rashad is among the directors in the 10-play series

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Host Terrance McKnight, Associate Director Stephen McKinley Henderson, directors Phylicia Rashad, Kenny Leon and Michele Shay and Artistic Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson

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Terrance McKnight and Stephen McKinely Henderson

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Leslie Uggams and Charles Weldon are among the actors who will perform the dramatic readings of Wilson's plays.

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Phylicia Rashad and Kenny Leon

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New York Public Radio Board Member Andrea L. Taylor, Constanza Romero, August Wilson's widow, their daughter Azula Carmen Wilson, Executive Producer Indira Etwaroo, Michele Shay and Phylicia Rashad.

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The series' Artistic Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson, actor S. Epatha Merkerson, Associate Director Stephen McKinley Henderson, and Phylicia Rashad and Kenny Leon, who will be directing.

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