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King Hedley II

Cast of King Hedley II, by Sherri Randolph

By August Wilson
Directed by Mark Clayton Southers, Monteze Freeland, and
Dennis Robinson Jr.

On location, outdoors at the August Wilson Home, 1727 Bedford Avenue

April 27th – June 3rd, 2018
Produced in collaboration with the August Wilson House.

Peddling stolen refrigerators in the feeble hope of making enough money to open a video store, King Hedley, a man whose self-worth is built on self-delusion, is scraping in the dirt of an urban backyard trying to plant seeds where nothing will grow. Getting, spending, killing and dying in a world where getting is hard and killing is commonplace are threads woven into this 1980’s installment in the author’s renowned cycle of plays about the black experience in America. Drawing on characters established in Seven Guitars, King Hedley II shows the shadows of the past reaching into the present as King seeks retribution for a lie perpetrated by his mother regarding the identity of his father. (Samuel French)

Important change: All evening performances will now begin at 7 PM, not 8.

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Leslie Ezra Smith as King Hedley II
Karla Payne as Tonya
Sam Lothard as Mister
Etta Cox* as Ruby
Wali Jamal as Elmore
Sala Udin as Stool Pigeon
Dominique Briggs as Tonya (weeks 4-6)

13th Theatre Festival in Black and White

May 31st – June 10th 2018
Cheryl El-Walker, Festival Coordinator

Our signature one-act theatre festival returns for its thirteenth year with another selection of entertaining short plays.

Playwrights: Submissions will close soon! Send us your plays!

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*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association