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The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space

August Wilson’s American Century Cycle offers one of the most important depictions of the African-American experience in the 20th century, with 10 plays each set in a different decade. In its most ambitious programming effort to date, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space presented live dramatic readings and made audio recordings of all 10 plays in the cycle during August and September 2013. New York Public Radio was the first organization to ever be entrusted with the rights to record all 10 plays. Artistic Director and Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson assembled a group of longtime Wilson collaborators and celebrated directors and actors to take part in the project, including Stephen McKinley Henderson, Kenny Leon, Phylicia Rashad and Marion McClinton. Approximately 20,000 people came to The Greene Space to be a part of the live audience for this programming, and 61% of this audience had never been to The Greene Space before.

The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space hosted 184 events in Fiscal Year 2014. In addition to the August Wilson festival, its roster included conversations on the revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and a convening on the Affordable Care Act with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; WQXR produced concerts with tenor Juan Diego Flórez, the Kronos Quartet and pianist Piotr Anderszewski; and the venue presented the fifth annual Battle of the Boroughs, a two-day Soundcheck “Gigstock” festival, the debut of WNYC’s Science Fair and Dubliners: A Quartet, four audio plays inspired by James Joyce’s iconic stories.

1 Performance of August Wilson’s King Hedley
2 Juan Diego Flórez
3 The cast of The Dubliners
4 Parquet Courts performing for Soundcheck’s Gigstock
5 James Vincent McMorrow performing for Soundcheck’s Gigstock
6 Kenny Leon, Sean Patrick Thomas and Anika Noni Rose for Inside Look: A Raisin in the Sun