PHOTOS | August Wilson's "Seven Guitars"

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Greene Space presented a reading of August Wilson's Seven Guitars on Sept. 13, 2013 — part of our historic series recording all 10 plays in Wilson's American Century Cycle. The plays in the decade-by-decade cycle are being presented in the order in which they premiered.

Set in 1948, Seven Guitars tells the story of a blues singer who is just released from prison and asked to sign a record deal after a song he recorded months before becomes an unexpected hit. He's ready to right the past year's wrongs and return to Chicago with a new understanding of what's important in his life. Unfortunately his means of righting wrongs are inherently flawed.

The reading was directed by Stephen McKinley Henderson and featured Brenda Pressley, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Aunjanue Ellis, Lou Ferguson, Jerome Preston Bates and Cassandra Freeman. 

View backstage and performance photos below:

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Jerome Preston Bates and Ruben Santiago-Hudson going over lines for Seven Guitars backstage.

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On stage, one of the actors' marked up scripts for August Wilson's Seven Guitars.

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Hollis King, set designer for August Wilson's American Century Cycle, and guests take a look at a timeline of milestones in Wilson's life and African-American history.

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The cast of The Greene Space's production of August Wilson's Seven Guitars with Executive Producer Indira Etwaroo.

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Ruben Santiago-Hudson reading as Canewell in Seven Guitars, the role for which he won a Tony Award in 1996.

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Jerome Preston Bates as Floyd Barton in August Wilson's Seven Guitars.

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Aunjanue Ellis as Vera in Seven Guitars.

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Brenda Pressley as Louise.

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Brenda Pressley, Lou Ferguson and Cassandra Freeman recording August Wilson's Seven Guitars live in The Greene Space.

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Stephen McKinley Henderson as Red Carter.

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The harmonica playing Canewell, played by Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

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Lou Ferguson as Hedley.

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Cassandra Freeman

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Aunjanue Ellis as Vera.

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August Wilson's American Century Cycle

The artistic directors of August Wilson's American Century Cycle, side-by-side performing in Seven Guitars: Stephen McKinley Henderson and Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

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Jerome Preston Bates as Floyd Barton.

A standing ovation for the cast of August Wilson's Seven Guitars.

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