Radio Golf is a play by American playwright, August Wilson, the final installment in his ten-part series, The Pittsburgh Cycle. It was first performed in 2005 by the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut and had its Broadway premiere in 2007 at the Cort Theatre. It is Wilson’s final work.
A NOTE FROM DIRECTOR JULIA WHARTON
I Ain’t Gonna Tell You
Several times in ‘Radio Golf’ the character of Old Joe responds to a question with, “I ain’t gonna tell you.” They sound like simple enough questions that could have simple answers but Old Joe sees the depth and complexity in everything so there are no simple answers. As I consider writing about the ‘Radio Golf’ staged reading process I can hear a simple question – so, how did it go? And part of me wants to answer, “I ain’t gonna tell you” because there is so much to say! It was such a quick but complex journey – an express train ride through multiple cultures, challenging language and a wide range of acting experience. The process began, of course, with the audition. Turn out for the audition was small – adequate but not robust. We saw a few strong actors – tried and true artists I have worked with before – and a number of newcomers, some with experience, some without. Because Almasi is eager to develop and train theater practitioners, I did not want to get on the phone and start calling people who had not come to the audition and offer them parts. So casting was done from the audition which meant that I had a cast of widely varying experience levels. This added a layer of challenge to the work but it kept Almasi true to one of its primary principles. In a debriefing session a couple of days after the performance the actors all said that they felt like a family during our brief but intense 6 day rehearsal period. They said they did not feel competitive with one another and this could well be in part due to the mixed actor training levels. The less experienced actors learned a great deal working with their more seasoned fellow cast members. The experienced actors gained fresh perspectives working with newcomers | CONTINUE READING