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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 House, 1727 Bedford Avenue

May 11th – June 3rd, 2018

“A tense and moving depiction of lives caught in a quicksand of desperation and violence.” Sharon Eberson, Post-Gazette

“Break-out, awesome performances….This show has power, a loving power that ties you to itself.” – Jason Clearfield, Pittsburgh in the Round

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 GuitarsKing 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)

Reviews: Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh in the Round, Pittsburgh Tatler

Previews: Post-Gazette, City Paper

Listen to our radio ad with Etta Cox:

Read the Program (PDF) and Change Notice (PDF)


Rico Parker as King
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 (from May 18th)

Video interview: Sala Udin and Etta Cox on the Lynne Hays-Freeland Show