‘Radio Golf’ opens Dec. 18: Hiero Imperium presents Oakland’s Lower Bottom Playaz’ completion of August Wilson’s American Century Cycle

by Ayodele Nzinga, MFA, PhD

Hiero Imperium and The Lower Bottom Playaz, Inc., proudly announce the triumphant conclusion of the Lower Bottom Playaz Season16 Continua: The American Century Cycle Project, with the 10th production in August Wilson’s 10- play chronicle, The American Century Cycle. No other theater entity has ever staged all 10 plays in the cycle chronologically in the order of the decades presented within the cycle. With the production of “Radio Golf,” Oakland’s Lower Bottom Playaz become the first theater company any place to ever accomplish this mammoth feat.

poster_11x17The Playaz close the cycle with the timely production of the only play in the cycle that is told from the lens of developers. Wilson’s Hill District in Pittsburgh, Penn., and Oakland, Calif., in 2015 hold a lot of common ground for many of today’s public conversations about progress, tradition and legacy.

August Wilson is considered one of America’s greatest playwrights, and the work that comprises The American Century Cycle, one of the outstanding achievements of the modern theater, is performed across the globe. But only Oakland’s premiere North American African theater company has performed the entire cycle in chronological order.

Don’t miss the final installment of The Lower Bottom Playaz’ American Century Cycle Project. Advance purchase of tickets is strongly encouraged.

Oakland’s iconic hip hop cartel, Hiero Imperium, and The Lower Bottom Playaz, Oakland’s oldest North American African theater company, are examples of the world class art that’s made in Oakland. The completion of The American Century Cycle staged in chronological order is a world first.

Be a part of the celebration and make local art a part of your holiday plans. Be there when theater history is made in Oakland. Visit the website for special deals and events connected to the completion of August Wilson’s Century Cycle in Oakland.

“Radio Golf” opens Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, and runs through Jan. 3, 2016, at the Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland. Shows begin at 8:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with matinees at 2:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday.

Tickets are on sale on the web at www.lowerbottomplayaz.com . The Flight Deck is easy to reach by BART and bus and is completely accessible. On-street parking is available and the area has a number of lots within walking distance of the theater. Book now and be a part of theater history! Shows are predicted to sell out early.

For additional information, call the office, at 510-457-8999, the box office, at 510-332-1319, or email wordslanger@gmail.com.

Ayodele Nzinga, MFA, PhD, is a California artist, who, in the tradition of the Black Arts Continuum, uses performance as a method of inter- and intra-group communication. The founder and director of The Lower Bottom Playaz, she can be reached at wordslanger@gmail.com and www.lowerbottomplayaz.com.