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Cort Theater

138 West 48th Street

2 Hours and 30 minutes with 1 intermission

May 8, 2007

Broadway Play (Drama)

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Wed & Sat 2pm
Sun 3pm

Tue Through Sat 8 pm

This is a play written by Pulitzer-Prize winner August Wilson. The production had its premier show in 2005 by the Yale Repertory Theatre. Later, the show was presented on the West Coast by the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, California. The Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, Massachusetts once again produced it in October 2006. Radio Golf Broadway had an opening in Broadway in New York May 8, 2007 at the Cort Theatre. It is the same place where Wilson's first Broadway play, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," had opened in the year 1984.

Radio Golf Broadway is the final offering in Wilson's plethora of ten plays that scrutinizes the African-American experience in the 20th Century in the United States. Every play deals with a decade. Radio Golf Broadway is the concluding play which covers the 1990s. The Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois is credited to be the first theater to build up a production of all ten plays in the cycle. Radio Golf Broadway finished The Goodman's cycle in early 2007.

In Radio Golf Broadway, Harmond Wilks, an Ivy League-educated lawyer with an equally knowledgeable and ambitious wife, wants to restore the "wrecked" area of the Hill District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has inherited a wealthy real estate company from his father and grandfather. Wilks is on the verge of declaring his candidature to be Pittsburgh's first black mayor. In the mean time, he and his friend Roosevelt Hicks are working on a development deal on Wylie Avenue to construct a high-rise apartment house with a ground floor overflowing with high-end chain stores like Starbucks, Whole Foods, and Barnes & Noble.

The entire deal is dependent on central money, which in turn depends on declaring that the area is in ruins. The play portrays backstage city politics and backdoor deals. Harmond and Roosevelt, a newly appointed Mellon Bank vice president, feel that they are identical competitors in the capitalism's public-private field. All of a sudden, the scene changes. An old manor at 1839 Wylie that they have lined up for destruction turns out to have an important past. It tunes out to be the home of Aunt Ester, the traditional folk priestess whose story goes as back as 1619. It was the era when the first shipload of African slaves was shipped to Virginia. The entire play is set in the workplace of the redevelopment company. However much of the drama revolves around the destiny of the old and worn out house at 1839 Wylie Avenue in the Hill District. This is the house that was also used in the setting of Wilson's Gem of the Ocean.

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