August Wilson saluted at Penumbra


Penumbra Theatre

has announced a tribute to the life and work of the late playwright August Wilson. The event, open to the public, will take place at Penumbra's St. Paul home on October 26, and is slated to run from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. The fitting tribute includes readings by cast members who have previously performed in Wilson's plays. Excerpts from his ten-play dramatic cycle based on the 20th century African American experience will be read in the order in which the works are set, beginning with

Gem of the Ocean

and finishing with

Radio Golf

. More than 35 actors have agreed to participate, including Lou and Terry Bellamy, James Craven, Marvette Knight, T. Mychael Rambo, Regina Williams, and Sonja Parks. Penumbra has produced more of Wilson's work than any other theater, including his first play,

Black Bart and the Sacred Hills

. Penumbra also has plans to produce

Gem of the Ocean

during its 2006-2007 season.

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