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|The CAST and STAFF
OF RADIO GOLF
|Some of the most talented Bay Area actors are people with day jobs who work in theater for sheer passion and
true meaning. Radio Golf is the last play in August Wilson's ten play sequence chronicling the 20th century
African American history. As such it allows our actors to bring their real life experience to the stage. The cast
is a close knit group passionately dedicated to retelling this story. For rehearsals the office of the Bedford
Hills Redevelopment Center was recreated in full detail in the basement garage of Lewis Campbell, MET
Artistic Director and Scenic Designer for this production. Director Gloria Weinstock commutes to rehearsals
from the East Bay town of Antioch. In Mr. Campbell.s garage the actors have worked with the actual furniture
and props destined for performance on stage at PianoFight on Taylor Street in San Francisco.
Scroll down for a few action photos taken during rehearsal in an Excelsior District garage.
VERNON MEDEARIS: Sterling Johnson, self-employed contractor a and neighborhood
handyman, robbed a bank thirty years ago
Radio Golf is Vernon’s fifth August Wilson play at MET where he played Solly Two Kings
in Gem of the Ocean, Harold Loomis, in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Turnbo in
Jitney and West in Two Trains Running. Also at MET he was Juror Three in Twelve
Angry Jurors, Sweets Crane in No Place to Be Somebody and Kit Carson in The
Time of Your Life. At the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre he played Bono in August Wilson's
Fences and Soaphead Church in The Bluest Eye. After a year or two of hard times,
Vernon is now employed at a hardware store. He helps with his two daughters' education
and gives full-time care to his nephew, William, who will begin SF City College this Fall.
GEOFFREY GRIER: Harmond Wilks, real estate developer, seeking mayoral
candidacy, well-placed local leader.
Geoffrey played Hambone in MET's 2015 production of August Wilson's Two Trains
Running, so Radio Golf is his second role here. Geoffrey comes to the stage with a
wealth of experience and natural talent and as a musician, comedian with fifteen years
traveling worldwide as a martial arts performer.. For five years he played Huey Newton
in One Day in the Life by Marvin X, a play about recovery; Currently, Mr. Grier is
Artistic Director of the SF Recovery Theatre. He holds a BA in Psychology from SF
State, but his greatest role was a dope fiend in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco.
NICOLE HARLEY: Mame Wilks, Harmond's wife of more than twenty years,
professional public relations representative.
Niclole studied theater at SFSchool of the Arts (SOTA) and at Laney College in
Oakland. At SOTA took acting from Lewis Campbell, MET's current Artistic Director.
At present she both acts and sings with Geoffrey Grier's SF Recovery Theater.
Radio Golf is Nicole's second August Wilson role. Several years ago at MET,
she played Molly in Joe Turner's Come and Gone.
GIFT HARRIS: Roosevelt Hicks, bank vice president, Harmond's business partner
and college roommate, avid golfer.
In February of last year Gift performed several roles in MET's ensemble production of
A Shakespreare Valentine and The Harlem Renaissance. He has been featured at
the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Marin Theater Company and Berkeley Repertory's
school touring company. His stage credits include Fences, Master Harold and the
Boys and Miss Julie. Gift also toured with the New Shakespeare Company performing
in As You Like It and Midsummer's Night Dream. He appreciates the opportunity to
again work with Multi-Ethnic Theater and the chance to work with the talented cast of
this show. He thanks God for the support of his wife Candy and his mother and family.
KEVIN JOHNSON: Elder Joseph Barlow, recently returned to the Hill District
where he was born in 1918.
Kevin is an actor, singer, dancer, director and visual artist. His visual art is signed
“KJohnson”. He is a graduate from the University of Evansville and for 40 years has
worked as an actor across the United States on stage, in film and on TV. In the Bay
Area he has worked with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Intersection of the Arts in
San Francisco, and Multi Ethnic Theater. Kevin was featured in the short film , A Song
for Jade which won awards in San Francisco, Oakland and at the Los Angeles Black
Film Awards. Kevin would like to thank Arnie Stewart for his support, which allows him
to be active in the arts.
GLORIA WEINSTOCK: Director, recently retired as Theater Department Head at
San Francisco City College and now a staff member at Multi Ethnic Theater (MET).
Ms Weinstock is a member of Actor's Equity, SAG and AFTRA. Her extensive Bay Area
and National acting career has included major roles in August Wilson dramas. Radio
Golf is her fourth August Wilson directing assignment and her first at Multi Ethnic
Theater. Bay Area educational theater has included work as a community college
instructor at SF City College where she directed over twenty plays, at Laney College
in Oakland (7 plays) and at Cal State Hayward (2 plays). Bay Area acting and directing
included stints at ACT, Theater Works, the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, the Western
Addition Cultural Center, the Julian Theatre and Berkeley Black Rep.
LEWIS CAMPBELL: Stage Designer, and Artistic Director of Multi Ethnic Theater (MET)
Lewis is retired from teaching but not from theater. He began the Multi Ethnic Theater
concept (color creative casting) at Mission High School and before retirement was Director
of Actor Training at School of the Arts (SOTA). Since retirement he has guided Multi Ethnic
Theater for twenty-five years directing five plays by August Wilson. He is pleased to
continue MET's "August in August" project, this time as Stage Designer for Director
Gloria Weinstock. Four more to go! Lewis studies classical guitar and believes strongly in
the power of theater to do good in the world. He thanks Kathleen for her beauty and support.