King Hedley II–Reading Nov 17–Nov 20

Please support our 2016 August Wilson Festival Partners The Short North Stage


A staged reading. August Wilson’s searing play, set in the 1980s, tells the story of King Hedley, an ex-con peddling stolen refrigerators in the feeble hope of making enough money to open a video store. Perhaps Wilson’s darkest work, King Hedley II shows the shadows of the past reaching into the present as King seeks retribution for a lie perpetrated by his mother regarding the identity of his father. “Grand [with] some of the finest monologues ever written for an American stage, speeches that build gritty, often brutal details into fiery patterns of insight…. You may feel the scorch of lightning.” – The New York Times.


Thursday, November 17 8:00pm
Friday, November 18 8:00pm
Saturday, November 19 8:00pm
Sunday, November 20 3:00pm

Radio Golf by August Wilson


L-R Scott Porter, Clarence Glover, Demia Kandi, Tony Roseboro, Vinnie Mason

PAST Productions Columbus will present Radio Golf, the final installment of the 2016 August Wilson Festival . Radio Golf was Mr. Wilson’s final work prior to his death.  

Set in 1997 in Pittsburgh, Harmond Wilks is set to declare his candidacy to become the first black mayor of Pittsburgh.  Along with his wife Mame and his  longtime friend Roosevelt Hicks, plan to redevelop the Hill District with high rise apartments, and high end businesses.  The project seems to be full go until the ownership of the property at 1839 Wylie Avenue, previously occupied by the late Aunt Ester, comes under question. Elder Joe Barlow emerges as a worthy foil for the plans Harmond and Roosevelt wish to fulfill.  Sterling Johnson, last seen in Two Trains Running turns up to defend the property.  Radio Golf is a tale of identity and reverence for the past.  Radio Golf completed Wilson’s American Century Cycle.




FENCES by August Wilson


One of the towering plays of the 20th Century, Fences continues the year-long August Wilson Festival. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Awards for both Best Play (1987) and Best Revival (2010) Fences, set in 1957, focuses on Troy Maxson, one of the greatest tragic characters created for the American stage. Troy, a former Negro League baseball star had been excluded from the Major Leagues. Now a garbage man in Pittsburgh, he struggles to come to terms with his battered dreams, his family and changing times. “Universal enough to touch a chord in every human heart,” wrote the New York Times.

Presented by The Short North Stage and directed by Mark Clayton Southers,  Fences is the sixth play in the American Century Cycle.  Fences is Mr. Wilson’s most well known play and is an amazing script. Please support this incredible production.

JITNEY earns standing ovations

Thank you Columbus for supporting our staged reading of JITNEY by August Wilson.   As part of the year long August Wilson Festival, this drama directed by Scott Porter delivered Wilson’s powerful script to the delight of it’s audience.  

jitney on stage

L/R Patricia Wallace-Winbush, Brian David Ellis, Truman Winbush, Jr., Guy Jones, Tony Roseboro, Lisa Shepherd, William Lisath, Vinnie Mason, Ricardo Jones, David Johnson.