Published: Aug 21, 2012 07:00 PM
Modified: Aug 20, 2012 05:31 PM
Twelve years ago, Deep Dish Theater Company took the leap of faith of opening a theatrical stage in, of all places, a shopping mall. The unlikely partnership worked, and Deep Dish, now well established, is preparing to open its 12th season at University Mall with August Wilson’s Tony-nominated comedic drama “Radio Golf.”
The play culminates the unprecedented Century Cycle, a series of 10 dramas chronicling African-American life in 20th-century America by Wilson, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner.
“We’re thrilled to begin our season with the work of one of 20th century’s most eloquent and insightful playwrights,” said Paul Frellick, Deep Dish Theater’s founding artistic director. “And this play, as much as any he wrote, seems to speak directly to our present time, both politically and culturally.” Kathryn Hunter-Williams directs, and Mike Wiley stars as Harmond Wilks, who aspires to become the first black mayor Pittsburgh but finds obstacles in his way.
The play opens Thursday, Aug. 24., and runs through Sept. 15. As always, Deep Dish is offering a number of related events, including a pre-show talk on Aug. 31, post-performance discussions with members of cast and crew on Aug. 26, Sept. 2 and Sept. 6; and a Deep Dish Book Club discussion of Toni Morrison’s “Home” on Sept. 10.
For schedule, tickets and more, see deepdishtheater.org
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