‘August Wilson’s American Century Cycle’ starring Phylicia Rashad comes to life

Ayodele Nzinga, MFA, PhD:

Oakland’s premier African American Theater troupe, The Lower Bottom Playaz are presenting Wilson’s entire Century Cycle in chronological order. FENCES opens November 2013. http://www.TalesofIronandWater, http://www.lowerbottomplayaz.com

Originally posted on theGrio:

Phylicia Rashad, Taraji P. Henson and S. Epatha Merkerson had nothing but praise for the work of August Wilson during a recent press conference at the Greene Space in Manhattan.

The three actors are all working on recordings of the August Wilson American Century Cycle—the 10 plays Wilson wrote that capture the complexities of African American life from 1900 to the dawn of the 21st century. The audio recordings (produced in chronological order) are performed in front of a live audience and are available to view via live webcasts.

The plays include Broadway hits such as Fences and the Piano Lesson and the recordings are being done by many award-winning actors such as Leslie Uggams, Anthony Chisolm, Clarke Peters and Keith David.

Taraji P. Henson, who took on the role of worldly woman Molly Cunningham in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, called Wilson her Shakespeare.  “When I was…

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