February 4, 2000 |
August Wilson's "Jitney" isn't a great play. Wilson would likely be among the first to acknowledge his revised 1978 work's blunt, splintery quality, its pedestrian patches and, especially, its narrative conveniences, which aren't so much pulled from the action and the characters as plopped on top. Yet in its own stripped-down style--quite separate from Wilson's later, more stately storytelling vehicles--"Jitney" plays, and plays well.
March 24, 2000 |
The Mark Taper Forum has announced a 2000-01 season that will feature a wide range of contemporary work. August Wilson's latest play, "King Hedley II" (Sept. 14-Oct. 22), will follow in the wake of his first play, "Jitney," which closed at the Taper last weekend. Part of Wilson's series of plays set in different decades, "King Hedley II" is set in 1985 in the same Pittsburgh neighborhood where "Jitney" took place.
April 21, 1999 |
The Mark Taper Forum's 1999-2000 season will include a new Neil Simon play, "The Dinner Party," and two other world premieres--more than in any Taper season since 1988-89. Alan Alda will star as the colorful Caltech physicist Richard Feynman, the late Nobel laureate, in the premiere of an as-yet-unfinished and unnamed script by Peter Parnell, a project Alda brought to the Taper.
November 3, 2004 |
Performances have been canceled through Nov. 14 for "Gem of the Ocean," August Wilson's new play, as its producers continued to scramble for the nearly $1 million needed to open the show on Broadway. Tickets are still on sale for all performances beginning Nov. 16, five days after "Gem" originally was to have opened at the Walter Kerr Theater, Michael Hartman, a production spokesman, said Tuesday. A new performance schedule as well as a new opening date will be announced shortly, Hartman said.
August 1, 2003 |
A city of bones lies at the bottom of the Atlantic -- the remains of the slaves who died while crossing over from Africa. August Wilson first used this image in his 1986 play "Joe Turner's Come and Gone." In a 1993 interview, he called "Joe Turner" his favorite among his plays and said, "The bones rising out of the ocean -- when I wrote that I thought, 'OK, that's it, if I die tomorrow I'll be satisfied and fulfilled as an artist that I wrote that scene.'
September 15, 2000 |
In a world lit by moral twilight, there's a grim honor and directness in killing a man for the right reason, according to Elmore (Charles Brown). But no honor comes from "stealing somebody's life from the back seat of a Toyota," says this urban village elder--the village being a hollowed-out 1980s Pittsburgh in August Wilson's newest play, "King Hedley II." "That's why the black man's gonna catch hell for the next hundred years," he says.