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Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company Presents 'King Hedley II' (VIDEO)

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Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company presents August Wilson’s King Hedley II now through March 11 at the Southwest Arts Center. 

Set in the 1980s inner city Pittsburgh, ex-con King Hedley II peddles stolen refrigerators to save up for his own business and hopefully, a new life. Desperately fighting to overcome his record, family and a world that’s against him, King spends his time trying to plant seeds in a garden where nothing can grow. This becomes the perfect metaphor for his life and his dreams seemingly doomed to a violent end. 

King Hedley II is Wilson’s ninth play within the Pittsburgh Cycle. It is considered by many to be his darkest and most symbolic story with a haunting and challenging tragedy of Shakespearean proportions.

This production is directed by Jamil Jude and stars Neal Ghant, Eddie Bradley, Tiffany Denise Hobbs, Eugene Russell IV,  Tonia Jackson and E. Roger Mitchell. 

 

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