August Wilson's plays will soon find new life as radio dramas next year.
New York Public Radio’s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space in New York will soon play host to all 10 of the late playwright's works now that the Wilson estate has granted the rights to NYPR to record them as live performances, according to the New York Times.
The project will take place in 2013, with casts and directors to be announced at a later date, according to Constanza Romero, Wilson’s widow and estate executor, and Indira Etwaroo, Greene Space's executive producer. This is the first time such rights have been granted.
According to the report, each play will be performed as a dramatic reading in front of a live studio audience and will be recorded for the New York Public Radio archives. The recordings will also be streamed online across various websites and media outlets. The project will be executive produced by Ruben Santiago-Hudson.
Wilson, the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (Fences, The Piano Lesson) whose plays about African-American life in the 20th century placed him in the upper echelon of the great American playwrights, died in 2005.
Wilson's last Broadway revival was in 2010 when Fences starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis was mounted at the Cort Theatre. An Off Broadway revival of The Piano Lesson, directed by Santiago-Hudson, is currently in previews at New York's Signature Center, opening Nov. 18.