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August Wilson's

King Hedley II

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 CycleCourt’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


In November, fresh off his turn as Hedley, Kelvin Roston, Jr. will bring another “king” to life in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. Audiences enjoying King Hedley II will find exciting parallels in Sophocles’ seminal tragedy. Oedipus Rex is the first production in Court’s Oedipus Trilogy, tracing Sophocles’ themes and characters over the course of three productions (Oedipus Rex; The Gospel at Colonus; Antigone). Learn More

King Hedley II is sponsored by

Ron OJ Parson’s Residency is made possible by

Photo of Kelvin Roston, Jr. and TayLar by Michael Brosilow.

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