Art Imitates Life
Over the last decade the District has been experiencing a much talked about urban renewal. Areas of the city once dark and thought of as undesirable, even lost, have been transformed into bright new residential and commercial developments signaling a new era in the history and climate of the city. What’s not talked about nearly as much however are the racial tensions that brew just beneath the surface between the mostly poor African Americans being displaced and their white counterparts, nor the money, power and politics behind the reimagining of Washington.
In their new production of August Wilson’s Radio Golf the Studio Theatre shines a lens on gentrification in the mostly black and blighted Hill District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the 1990’s. A young black politician positioned for a run for mayor of Pittsburgh is involved in a real estate deal that forces him to ask if he will turn his back on the past in order to move forward with his future or if he can lift as he climbs. The last in Wilson’s epic ten play series of dramas chronicling African American life in the 20th century Radio Golf plays at the Studio Theatre through June 28.