Keeper Of The Decades

Director Kenny Leon Keenly Feels The Trust Placed In Him By August Wilson, As He Carries On The Late Playwright's Work With 'Radio Golf'

March 19, 2006|By J. WYNN ROUSUCK | J. WYNN ROUSUCK,SUN THEATER CRITIC

THE LAST WEEK IN SEPTEMBER, Kenny Leon got a voice-mail message from August Wilson, whose play, Radio Golf, Leon had directed in Los Angeles. Wilson, who was battling liver cancer, hadn't made it to Leon's production. But plans were under way to bring the production to Seattle, where the playwright lived.

"I was in New York working on another play, and I hadn't heard from him that week, and then he called," Leon says. "The voice message was: 'Kenny, it's August, man. I was not feeling well last week and not on my feet. But I'm back now. I'm feeling great, so let's just go ahead and take this play to Seattle ... and Baltimore and Broadway and wherever else we're gonna take it. I love you, man. See you.'

RADIO GOLF / / The final installment of August Wilson's chronicle of 20th-century African-American life / / Runs March 24-April 30 / / Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. / / Tickets $10-$65 / / 410-332-0033 or centerstage.org

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