has announced a tribute to the life and work of the late playwright August Wilson. The event, open to the public, will take place at Penumbra's St. Paul home on October 26, and is slated to run from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. The fitting tribute includes readings by cast members who have previously performed in Wilson's plays. Excerpts from his ten-play dramatic cycle based on the 20th century African American experience will be read in the order in which the works are set, beginning with Gem of the Ocean
and finishing with Radio Golf
. More than 35 actors have agreed to participate, including Lou and Terry Bellamy, James Craven, Marvette Knight, T. Mychael Rambo, Regina Williams, and Sonja Parks. Penumbra has produced more of Wilson's work than any other theater, including his first play, Black Bart and the Sacred Hills
. Penumbra also has plans to produce Gem of the Ocean
during its 2006-2007 season.