August Wilson's Radio Golf
JOAN AND ROBERT RECHNITZ THEATER
Gorgeous writing with a big heart! Not only is this Wilson’s most contemporary work. It is also his most accessible.
Director Brandon J. Dirden (King Hedley II, Seven Guitars) returns to Two River to direct our sixth production from August Wilson’s American Century Cycle—Radio Golf, the Cycle’s 10th and final play, set in 1997. Real-estate developer Harmond Wilks is determined to become the first black mayor of Pittsburgh, and to revitalize the Hill District. Starbucks, Barnes & Noble and Whole Foods are ready to move in. But one particular house on the development site, at 1839 Wylie Avenue, must be torn down, a casualty of urban blight. And that house belonged to Wilson’s legendary Aunt Ester—forcing Harmond, and the Hill District itself, into a battle between the past and the future.
Wayne DeHart was born in Jonesville, South Carolina; his parents’ divorce brought him to Houston. He began his theater journey with J.B. by Archibald MacLeish. He joined Houston’s Ensemble Theatre in 1981 and has been a mainstay there for 38 years, garnering several Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor awards. Wayne has completed eight of August Wilson’s American Century Cycle (having to forego his casting in Gem of the Ocean to do a film). His film credits include Jason’s Lyric (The Shit Man), I Come in Peace, and Once Upon a Time…When We Were Colored. He recently completed work on Bayou Caviar with Cuba Gooding Jr., Tales from the Hood 2, The Peanut Butter Falcon, Tropical Cop Tales, and Hap and Leonard. Wayne is the primary re-enactment performer at the Buffalo Soldier National Museum, where he has performed The Life of a Buffalo Soldier since 2001. He is a proud father of My Love T-ATA, a three-time grandfather, and a four-time great grandfather. “I was so excited when Mr. Dirden reached out to me. I wanted to dig up my script and start right away. I am truly grateful and appreciated to Two River Theater for giving me this ‘bucket list’ opportunity.”
Broadway: Shuffle Along, Soul Doctor. Off-Broadway: A Civil War Christmas, Rent. National Tour: Hamilton (1st National, Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds). Favorite Regional Credits: Joy in Witness Uganda (The Wallis), Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors (Kennedy Center), Cheryl in Stick Fly (Arena Stage), Aldonza in Man of La Mancha (Shakespeare Theatre, Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Actress & Emery Battis Award for Acting Excellence). Howard University Graduate (2016 James Butcher Alumni Award), and proud founding member of the Broadway Advocacy Coalition. www.amberiman.com
Nathan James is thrilled to be making his debut at Two River Theater! He is a proud native of Pittsburgh and began his career with Kuntu Repertory Theatre. Nathan will be featured as Xavier in the feature film Standing Up, Falling Down starring Billy Crystal…due in theaters Feb. 2020. He won 1st place at Amateur Night at the Apollo with an original poem and received a 2014 A.U.D.E.L.C.O Award for Best Supporting Actor for the Billie Holiday Theatre’s production of Maid’s Door. His one-man play, Growing Pains, has been produced at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, United Solo Theatre Festival (Theatre Row NYC), and various theaters and festivals around the United States. Nathan is one of seven playwrights of The New Black Fest’s Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments (seven ten-minute plays following the shooting of Mike Brown). Hands Up was featured in American Theatre Magazine, and his play, Superiority Fantasy, was chosen as BBC radio’s Play of the Week. Film/TV credits: Madam Secretary, Person of Interest, Blue Bloods (CBS), Shades of Blue, Blindspot (NBC), Quantico, Deception (ABC), The Wire, Vinyl (HBO), The Interestings (Amazon), The Path (Hulu), Pain Within (Sundance Film Festival), Service to Man (STARZ). Theater: Off-Broadway: Travisville (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Playing with Fire (Gene Frankel Theatre), Black Angels Over Tuskegee (St. Luke’s Theatre). NY: Armed (Amoralists), Growing Pains (Billie Holiday Theatre). Regional: Feeding Beatrice (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Julius Caesar (Pennsylvania Centre Stage), Work Song (Pittsburgh City Theatre).
Carl Hendrick Louis
Broadway: 1984, The Cherry Orchard (Roundabout Theatre Company). Off-Broadway: The Emperor Jones (Irish Repertory Theatre), The Tempest (Classical Theatre of Harlem), Little Children Dream of God (Roundabout Theatre Company), The King’s Whore (Walkerspace), In Fields Where They Lay (Hudson Guild Theatre), Marat/Sade (Classical Theatre of Harlem). Regional: Mlima’s Tale (Westport Country Playhouse), Sunset Baby (Kitchen Theatre Company). Film: Fan Girl, Unknown Soldier. Television: Mindhunter. Education: New York University’s Graduate Acting Program and Fordham University’s Theatre Program.
Joshua David Robinson
Joshua David Robinson (Roosevelt) has appeared numerous times Off-Broadway and in regional theaters across the country, as well as working extensively as a voice actor. Some of his favorite credits include: Off-Broadway: X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation (Theatre at St. Clement’s, The New Victory Theater), The Convent of Pleasure (Cherry Lane Theatre), Sense of an Ending (59E59 Theatres) Enemy of the People (Wheelhouse Theatre Company), Gutting (The National Black Theatre). Regional: JQA (Arena Stage), Love’s Labour’s Lost (The Folger Shakespeare Theatre), All the Way (Cleveland Play House), Ken Ludwig’s Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, Three Sisters (PlayMakers Repertory), A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (The Guthrie). Holding an MFA from NYU Grad Acting, Joshua is always working to use theater as a means to engage with his community and as a vehicle for social change.
Join us 45 minutes prior to every performance in the Two River lobby for a pre-performance talk, which will give you valuable insight into the play you are about to see. Talks last 10–15 minutes and are led by a member of the company or Two River’s Artistic Department.
Ranging from historical background to artist profiles, our in-depth lobby displays provide insight into the work on stage.
Post-play discussions are scheduled following select performances of every production. During these discussions, audiences are invited to share their questions and responses to the work onstage with members of the cast and staff of the theater.
PRE-SHOW ACCESS TO THE VIP LOUNGE
Subscribers, Flex Ticket and Backstage Pass holders receive exclusive access to the theater’s VIP Lounge, one hour prior to show time. Complimentary tea & coffee will be served.