Yale theater tunes in to Wilson’s ‘Radio’

'Ocean's' Chisholm among five-person cast

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — It will be a gathering of veterans from August Wilson’s works when the world preem of the playwright’s “Radio Golf” tees off at New Haven’s Yale Repertory Theater April 22 and plays through May 14.

Anthony Chisholm, seen most recently in Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean,” is among the five-member cast of Wilson’s 10th and final work in the decade-by-decade cycle of plays chronicling the African-American experience in the 20th century. Chisholm also appeared in Wilson’s “Two Trains Running” on Broadway and Off Broadway’s “Jitney,” as well as HBO’s “Oz.”

Also in the cast are Michele Shay, who received a Tony nom for “Seven Guitars,” and John Earl Jelks, who was in the Broadway production of “Gem of the Ocean” that closed earlier this year.

In the cast as well is Richard Brooks, whose first Wilson work was the reading of “Fences” in the early 1980s at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Conn. Brooks played Assistant DA Paul Robinette on “Law & Order” in the early ’90s.

James A. Williams, a member of Penumbra Theater, completes the cast for “Golf,” which is staged by Timothy Douglas, a young African-American director who was tapped by Wilson to helm the final play of the cycle.

Set designer David Gallo, costumer Susan Hilferty, lighting helmer Donald Holder and sound designer Vincent Olivieri round out the tech side at the Rep, home to the world preems of four previous Wilson works.

Set in the 1990s, “Golf” centers on the prospective demolition as part of a redevelopment project of the Pittsburgh home of Aunt Esther, a character whose presence is felt in all of the plays and is featured prominently in “Gem of the Ocean.”

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