PHOTOS | August Wilson's "King Hedley II"

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

The Greene Space presented a reading of August Wilson's King Hedley II on Sept. 21, 2013 — part of our historic series recording all 10 plays in Wilson's American Century Cycle. The plays in the decade-by-decade cycle were presented in the order in which they premiered.

One of Wilson's darkest plays, King Hedley II tells the story of an ex-convict trying to rebuild his life by selling stolen refrigerators so that he can save enough money to buy a video store. The play is set in 1980s Pittsburgh. 

The reading was directed by Michele Shay and featured Russell Hornsby, Leslie Uggams, Kevin Carroll, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Stephen McKinley Henderson and Arthur French.

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The cast of The Greene Space's production of August Wilson's King Hedley II. Back row: Russell Hornsby, Kevin Carroll, Stephen McKinley Henderson and Arthur French. Front row: Leslie Uggams, Marsha Stephanie Blake, director Michele Shay and executive producer Indira Etwaroo. 

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Kevin Carroll, backstage in The Greene Space before performing as Mister in August Wilson's King Hedley II

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Russell Hornsby backstage before reading the title role in August Wilson's King Hedley II

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Director Michele Shay with actor Arthur French in the green room. 

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Audio technician Milton Ruiz adjusting mics before the show. 

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The cast, ready for the show. 

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Kevin Carroll as Mister

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Russell Hornsby as King Hedley II

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Leslie Uggams as Ruby in August Wilson's King Hedley II.

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Kevin Carroll, Marsha Stephanie Blake and Russell Hornsby

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Marsha Stephanie Blake as Tonya

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Arthur French reading as Stool Pigeon

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Stephen McKinley Henderson performing as Elmore in August Wilson's King Hedley II

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Marsha Stephanie Blake

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Russell Hornsby

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Audio engineer Bill Moss and Arthur Yorinks, audio theater producer for the August Wilson recording series.

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August Wilson series artistic directo Ruben Santiago-Hudson in the audience.

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Paying tribute to an American master. 

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