Gloria Weinstock is directing August Wilson’s “Radio Golf” in San Francisco
The Multi Ethnic Theater (MET) in association with SF Recovery Theatre (SFRT) will present August Wilson’s “Radio Golf,” Aug. 9 – Sept. 9, at PianoFight, 144 Taylor St. in San Francisco. August Wilson is the author of the critically acclaimed “Fences,” recently
made into the film starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.
“Radio Golf” is directed by Gloria Weinstock and produced by Lewis Campbell, founder and artistic director of Multi Ethnic Theater, along with SF Recovery Theatre. This will be the sixth August Wilson play Multi Ethnic Theatre has produced. The scene is Pittsburgh, 1997, where would-be redevelopers are planning to gentrify a section of Pittsburgh’s Hill District, the center of the local African-American community.
Destruction of the community is a common theme in Wilson’s plays, but this time, it is a trio of wealthy (“boojie,” in the words of director Gloria Weinstock) African-Americans themselves.
“My goal is for Multi Ethnic Theater to produce all 10 of Wilson’s plays. After Radio Golf, we’ll have four more to go,” Campbell said.
Award-winning playwright August Wilson is best known for the 10 plays of his “Pittsburgh Cycle,” all but one set in the “The Hill District,” the African-American neighborhood adjacent to downtown Pittsburgh.
Culturally, “The Hill” rivaled other Black enclaves like Harlem in the 1920s and San Francisco’s Fillmore in the 1940s. Each of the 10 plays is set in a different decade of the 20th Century and reflects the temper of thatparticular time as it affected African-Americans.
Only Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is set somewhere other than Pittsburgh. Cast of the Multi Ethnic Theater Production of Radio Golf includes Harmond – Geoffrey Grier; Roosevelt – Gift Harris; Sterling – Vernon Medaris; Old Joe – Kevin Johnson; and Mame – Nicole Harley Byrd.