Season of Wilson plays to continue
The season of August Wilson plays at Off Broadway’s Signature Theater is back on, a month after Wilson’s estate yanked the skedded tribute in the wake of the playwright’s Oct. 2 death.
New plan is to present three plays from Wilson’s 10-play cycle depicting African-American life in the 20th century: “Seven Guitars,” “Two Trains Running” and “King Hedley II.” The season begins next fall.
For now, plans for a 10-day reading series of all 10 of Wilson’s Pittsburgh plays have been scuttled.
The earlier cancellation of the Signature season suggested that the estate wanted to focus New York attention on “Radio Golf,” the Broadway-bound final play in Wilson’s cycle. But the scribe’s widow seems to have reconsidered.
“We are extremely grateful to August’s wife, Constanza Romero, for initiating the further discussions that led to this very happy outcome,” said Signature a.d. James Houghton in a statement.
In the same statement, Romero expressed appreciation to the Signature for “allowing us the time we needed to have some clarity about the immediate future of August’s legacy.”