The year is 1997, and the African-American century that playwright August Wilson has been charting in Pittsburgh's Hill district is drawing to a close. How will it end—and what will that benediction portend for his characters, their community and the future? The enigmatic answer lies in Radio Golf, the 10th and final installment of Wilson's sprawling, epic "Pittsburgh Cycle" that Deep Dish gives its regional premiere.
Two members of the emerging African-American upper middle-class, a realtor named Harmon and Roosevelt, a banker, stand on the verge of entering a world of political and economic success undreamed of by their predecessors (as portrayed in the earlier installments Gem of the Ocean and Joe Turner's Come and Gone). One contemplates a run for mayor, while both are finalizing the terms of a giant real estate deal that will catapult them into a higher echelon of wealth and influence. It involves revitalizing a major section of their Hill district—by demolishing everything standing there now. The prize for closing the deal is a golden future. The price? Erasing all traces of the past.
Kathryn Hunter-Williams directs a cast including Indie Arts Award winner Mike Wiley, Niland Johnson and Hazel Edmond. Wednesday-Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. —Byron Woods