King Hedley II
By August Wilson
Directed by Ron OJ Parson
Sep 12, 2019 — Oct 13, 2019
★★★★ “Kelvin Roston Jr… has a growing reputation in Chicago and New York; he’s a deeply empathetic actor whose take on King is completely different from what I have seen before” –Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
“blistering and absorbing“ -New City
Placing his hopes and dreams on the line, a man pieces together his life in Pittsburgh after seven years in prison. Family ties are tested and crime and retribution collide in August Wilson’s ninth play in the American Century Cycle—Court’s eighth production in our ongoing commitment to producing all ten plays of the cycle. Nationally acclaimed for his direction of August Wilson’s plays, Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson brings a depth of humanity to Wilson’s interrogation of African American life in the 1980s.
Approximate running time
Act One: 1 hour 20 minutes – 10 minute intermission – Act Two: 1 hour 10 minutes
DirectorRon OJ Parson
Scenic DesignRegina Garcia
Costume DesignAlex Rutherford
Lighting DesignMike Durst
Sound DesignChristopher M. LaPorte
DramaturgMartine Kei Green-Rogers
HedleyKelvin Roston, Jr.
Stool PigeonDexter Zollicoffer
MisterRonald L. Conner
Articles and Interviews
September 25 | Race, Economic Policy, and Incarceration: A Post-Show Discussion
Cathy Cohen, UChicago political scientist, and Reuben Miller, UChicago professor of social work, will be conducting a post show discussion on the themes of Court Theatre's King Hedley II. Cohen and Miller will discuss the effects of environmental racism, economic policies, and other factors that led to the unjust incarceration rates of Black Americans, using the play King Hedley II as a jumping off point to investigate their effects on not only African American society, but American society as a whole.