Watch playwright August Wilson's entire Century Cycle online

The series, which begins tonight, is directed by the likes of Phylicia Rashad and Ruben Santiago-Hudson, and runs through Sept 28.

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Playwright August Wilson was a pioneering force in American theater, documenting the African-American experience in the working class through plays like Fences (1987), for which he won one of his two Pulitzer Prizes, and Seven Guitars (1995). Wilson died in 2005, leaving the world with his celebrated ten-play Century Cycle; now, for the first time ever, all ten works will be read, recorded and presented as live video webcasts.


The readings will be held at WNYC and WQXR's Greene Space in Soho, and though all are sold out, you can catch them live-streamed on the Greene Space's website every performance night starting at 7pm. Directed by the likes of Phylicia Rashad, Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Michele Shay, the series stars longtime Wilson pros like S. Epatha Merkerson and Kenny Leon in addition to Wilson newcomers like Taraji P. Henson and Jesse L. Martin. 


The first installment, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, kicks off tonight at 7pm. The series will run through September 28; check the Greene Space's website for a full schedule.



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