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Final Paper - Yip 1 Stacey Yip TDGE 1 Nick Drashner 9 March...

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Yip 1 Stacey Yip TDGE 1 Nick Drashner 9 March 2011 Radio Golf In August Wilson’s play, Radio Golf , the play centers around a group of individuals dealing with the redevelopment of the Hill District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The main character, Harmond Wilks, is a real-estate developer looking to build an apartment complex. He is also planning on running for mayor as the first black mayor of Pittsburgh. His wife, Mame, is a driven and ambitious public relations representative who seeks a job working for the governor. Harmond’s business partner, Roosevelt, is the vice president of a bank and an avid golfer. The play is set around the office of Bedford Hills Redevelopment, Inc. which is run by Harmond and Roosevelt, and begins with Mame, Harmond, and Roosevelt discussing his upcoming candidacy for mayor and publicity tactics. Soon, a new character, Sterling, is introduced. He is a self- employed construction worker who used to go to school with Harmond and got in trouble for robbing a bank. He offers to help with the construction of Harmond’s apartment building, and Harmond tells him that he will be in touch. The plot starts to pick up in the play when Roosevelt returns from overseeing the soon-to- be construction site and reports that a stranger was painting one of the houses planned for demolition. Roosevelt recounts that the stranger claimed that he owned the house even though Roosevelt told him that it was their property ready to be torn down in a matter of days. Soon, the stranger is revealed to be an elderly man by the name of Elder Joseph Barlow, or Old Joe. He comes into Harmond’s office asking for a lawyer. After much confusion, Harmond and Roosevelt realize Old Joe is the stranger that Roosevelt mentioned earlier. They try to convince Old Joe that the house is now their property and that painting it is not only futile but also defacing private property, but Old Joe does not budge in his belief that the house is rightfully his and leaves the scene. Roosevelt then tells Harmond that Bernie Smith, a wealthy man and avid golfer as well, has asked to partner with Roosevelt and buy WBTZ radio station. Harmond immediately points out that Bernie is just using Roosevelt for the minority tax incentive, but Roosevelt claims that this is his big break at success.
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Yip 2 In time, Harmond finds out that the house that he thought he owned was actually purchased illegally. To be morally upright, Harmond discusses paying Old Joe compensation for the house with Roosevelt. As Harmond’s partner, Roosevelt adamantly refuses to see the benefit of paying him compensation and insists on just going through with the demolition. Later, Old Joe reveals to Harmond that Harmond’s father used to pay the taxes on the house. Puzzled, Harmond contemplates why his father would do such a thing. Sterling plays the part of Harmond’s moral conscience and likens him tearing down Old Joe’s house to the cowboys who took away the Indians land. Soon, Old Joe and Harmond discuss their roots and realize that they
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This note was uploaded on 09/28/2011 for the course TDGE 1 taught by Professor Salovey during the Winter '08 term at UCSD.

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