UNCSA PRESENTS AN EYE-OPENING PORTRAYAL OF THE BLACK EXPERIENCE IN AMERICA WITH
AUGUST WILSON’S KING HEDLEY II
Performances October 23rd through 26th at 7:30 pm, and October 26th and 27th at 2 pm
Patrons Theatre, Performance Place, UNC School of the Arts
Tickets $13-15. (336) 721-1945
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The School of Drama and the School of Design & Production at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts present King Hedley II, the ninth play in August Wilson’s 10-part series, The Pittsburgh Cycle, detailing the black experience in America. The play is directed by distinguished guest artist Timothy Douglas and performed by members of Studio 4 in the School of Drama.
The play ran on Broadway in 2001 and was revived Off-Broadway in 2007. It was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2000 and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play. The play premiered at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre in 1999 and played a number of other regional theatres before its Broadway engagement.
Set in the 1980s, King Hedley II follows an ex-convict who is working to rebuild his life in the slums of Pittsburgh. With a seemingly dead-end future where he cannot provide for his unborn child or family and friends, he fights for his chance to own his own company and make something of himself while struggling with the restraints of poverty, crime, and discrimination.
Performances run from October 23rd through 26th at 7:30 pm and October 26th and 27th at 2 pm at the Patrons Theatre, Performance Place, on the UNC School of the Arts campus, 1533 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC. Tickets are $15 regular and $13 for students with a valid ID. Call the UNCSA Box Office at (336) 721-1945 for reservations, or visit www.uncsa.edu/performances to purchase tickets online.
For descriptions, details and links to the entire UNC School of the Arts 2013 - 2014 performance season online, visit www.uncsaevents.com.
About Director Timothy Douglas
Timothy Douglas has 30 years of experience as a theatre leader, stage director, actor and educator. He has directed nationally and internationally, and counts among his credits the world premiere of August Wilson's Radio Golf for Yale Rep, his critically acclaimed Caribbean-inspired Much Ado About Nothing for the Folger Shakespeare Theatre, and the premiere of a new translation/adaptation of Ibsen's Rosmbersholm off-Broadway. He recently directed an African-American cast in Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful at Round House Theatre in Washington, D.C.
From 2001-2004, he served as Associate Artistic Director at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where he directed numerous projects including three Humana Festival premieres, the 25th anniversary production of Crimes of the Heart, and introduced audiences there to August Wilson as well as his productions of The Piano Lesson, Jitney and Fences.
For two seasons he served as a director-in-residence in new play development at the Mark Taper Forum under a Mellon Foundation fellowship, and during his time as an NEA/Theatre Communications Group directing fellow he served as Resident Director at New Dramatists and Assistant Stage Director on Handel's Rodelinda for Virginia Opera.
He has made productions for American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Rep, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Cleveland Play House, Downstage (New Zealand), Guthrie Theater, Juilliard School, Magic Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical, Playmakers Rep, Portland Center Stage, Round House Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, South Coast Rep, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Toi Whakaari (New Zealand), Utah Shakespearean Festival, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and others, and workshops for ASK Theatre Projects, Denver Center Theatre Company, National Theatre of Norway, NY Theatre Workshop, O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, The Public Theatre (NY), and Roundabout Theatre Company.
As a Linklater-designated voice instructor, he served on the faculties of Emerson College, American Conservatory Theater, Shakespeare & Company, National Theatre Conservatory, University of Southern California, the Theatre School at DePaul University and New Zealand Drama School. As an actor he has appeared regionally, off-Broadway and on television. He is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College and Yale School of Drama.
About the University of North Carolina School of the Arts
As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNC School of the Arts is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“the City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972.
For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.
Patrons Theatre, Performance Place, UNCSA, 1533 S. Main
St., Winston-Salem, NC
Produced by the School of Drama and the School of Design & Production at UNCSA
The penultimate play in August Wilson’s cycle of works about the black experience in America in the 20th Century, King Hedley II depicts an ex-con struggling to find his way in 1980s America.
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