A new musical based on August Wilson's poetry will debut in Oregon
March 22, 2016 3:28 PM
The poetry of playwright August Wilson, seen here in the Hill District in front of his childhood home, has been made into a musical that will debut in 2017.
By Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has revealed that its 2017 season will feature a new musical work based on the poetry of the late playwright August Wilson. "UniSon" was created by the festival's resident ensemble, Universes, which was granted access to Wilson’s poetry catalog in association with his widow Constanza Romero and his estate, Playbill.com reported.
Press notes from the Tuesday announcement said "UniSon" is a "high-energy, music-filled exploration of the passing on of legacy and the reconstruction of collective memory, inspired by the poetry of one of our most revered playwrights. Fusing poetry, theater, movement and original music, 'UniSon' gives OSF audiences the opportunity to see one of America’s leading ensembles of color bring an American master to life ... for a new generation, in a new century, a new millennium."
Directed by Robert O'Hara, the new work will debut April 19-Oct. 28, 2017.
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