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January 30, 2020 - March 1, 2020

August Wilson’s Radio Golf


Directed by Jude Sandy

The struggle between history and progress

Real estate developer and entrepreneur Harmond Wilks is determined to become the first Black mayor of Pittsburgh and is on a mission to revive his blighted childhood neighborhood. As Wilks confronts the past, he is forced to question how pursuing change could put his neighborhood’s history at risk. Both moving and funny, Radio Golf is the culmination of August Wilson’s ten-play American Century Cycle chronicling each decade of African-American life in the twentieth century.

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A great show for fans of Trinity Rep’s productions of black odyssey and The Mountaintop, or any of August Wilson’s plays, including Fences, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and The Piano Lesson.

Buzz
"...leaving audiences laughing and at the same time shuddering at (playwright August) Wilson’s stinging assessment of how America has lost its way. It’s an epic production, with director Jude Sandy making sure its edges remained razor-sharp and its teachable moments were hard to deny."
The Providence Journal
"...the first absolute must see of 2020."
Edge Media Network
"both wildly entertaining and yet manages to grapple with the most serious conflicts of our time."
Broadway World
"...as good a piece of theater as you’re going to see just about anywhere."
Motif Magazine
"There is so much to savor, so much to see, so much to talk about."
The Westerly Sun
"...incredible theatrical experience."
Johnston Sunrise
"...gripping, powerful, exhilarating, raw, visceral, laugh out loud funny, wise, and occasionally breathtaking."
RI Central
"...thought-provoking, uncomfortable in an important way and excellent work from every actor on stage."
WPRO
"...deeply layered... emotionally stunning"
Arts Fuse
“The more I learned about these plays, the more I became convinced that there are two great playwrights — Shakespeare and August Wilson,” Sandy says. “The tone and rhythm of his plays are all different, but every one is a masterpiece.”
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Spoiler Alert!

Synopsis

Below is a synopsis of the show. You've been warned.

Harmond Wilks is going to change things in this town.

With his wife, Mame at his side, Harmond is hoping to be the first Black mayor in Pittsburg. With his day-job being as a real-estate salesman, Harmond is working on a large redevelopment project in the Hill District. Harmond’s best friend, Roosevelt Hicks, hates his job as a high-up Vice President at a bank, but has invested a lot of time and money into this redevelopment project – and they all agree that this could be an amazing future for the neighborhood – and for the three of them.

Then, there’s a hiccup. Joseph “Old Joe” Sterling is found painting an abandoned house at 1839 Wylie, a house he claims is his own – which is in the middle of the new development. The house is a decaying an eye-sore, but Old Joe maintains that it’s his house. Thinking that he’s crazy, Harmond and Roosevelt dismiss him at first. But Old Joe keeps returning, each time with a new problem, each time saying that he owns this property.

Roosevelt is invited to go in on a deal to buy a radio station and is convinced that he’s now set for life because of the financial prosperity it will bring him. Harmond tries to explain to him that the only reason he’s being offered the deal to buy the radio station is that he’s black. Roosevelt ignores this and continues on with his plan to purchase the station. Harmond’s wife, Mame, is also in line for a new job – working high up for the Governor of Pennsylvania. Success seems to be abundant for everyone involved, with the only problem being Old Joe’s persistence about the house.

Based on his persistence, Harmond decides to look into the history behind the house. Harmond produces sale papers for the house to Old Joe and explains to him multiple times that he bought the house because it was abandoned.  Upon doing some research, Harmond finds that he did, in fact, buy the house illegally – a move that could cost him the entirety of his campaign. When he presents this information to Old Joe, it becomes apparent that they have a lot in common, not just the house. Harmond explains that he will not allow for Old Joe’s property to be demolished.

Mame and Roosevelt confront Harmond soon after he submits a redesign to the commercial and residential investors for the redevelopment project. He explains that Old Joe’s house must be left in since he doesn’t want to sell. Furious with him, Mame and Roosevelt try to explain that if this project goes south, they may lose all the investment money that they have secured. Harmond refuses to budge and explains that the house cannot be demolished.  Mame is furious and explains that if Harmond had stuck to their plan– he would be mayor. She loses her job opportunity with the governor and tells Harmond that he is on his own.  At the same time, Roosevelt goes behind Harmond’s back and has his investor, the one who helped him buy the radio station, purchase Harmond’s real-estate firm. Roosevelt throws Harmond out of his own office and Harmond goes to join with the protestors trying to stop the demolition.

 

Community Partners

Cast & Creative

Cast
Joe Wilson, Jr.
Harmond Wilks
Tonia Jackson
Mame Wilks
Ricardo Pitts-Wiley
Elder Joseph Barlow
Omar Robinson
Roosevelt Hicks
Joshua Wolf Coleman
Sterling Johnson

Additional Cast

Jackie Davis
Mame Wilks (Understudy)
Dereks Thomas
Sterling Johnson (Previews)
JaMario Stills
Sterling Johnson (Understudy)

Creative

Jude Sandy '09
Director
Michael McGarty
Co-Set Designer
Baron E. Pugh
Co-Set Designer
Yao Chen
Costume Designer
Amith Chandrashaker
Lighting Designer
Larry D. Fowler, Jr.
Sound Design
Cloteal L. Horne '20
Vocal Coach
Michael Évora
Music Consultant
Meg Tracy Leddy
Stage Manager
JaMario Stills
Assistant Director
Kevaughn Harvey
Assistant Director

Sponsors

This production is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.