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August Wilson’s “King Hedley II” gets staged reading at Broadway Center

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Jan. 8, 2013 at 9:57 am |
January 8, 2013 11:36 am
Playwright August Wilson. Courtesy photo.
Playwright August Wilson. Courtesy photo.

Over the last year or so a handful of excellent local actors, organized by the Northwest Playwrights’ Alliance, the Broadway Center and the Washington State History Museum, have been putting on staged readings of August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle. This Sunday we’re up to “King Hedley II” – the dark tale of an ex-con who sells stolen refrigerators so he can start his own video store.

Set in the 1980s, “King Hedley II” is the second-last play in the cycle written over the last few decades by the award-winning African American playwright. Set one per decade from 1900 to 2000, the cycle immerses stories of ordinary people in Pittsburgh’s Hill District in the broader historical events of their time. “King Hedley II,” nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, gives his hero tragic stature as he tries to rebuild his life despite his personal history and social setting.

3 p.m. Jan. 13. $28 includes ticket to next Wilson play, “Radio Golf” on March 17. Theatre on the Square, 915 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org


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