Meet the Cast of Hard Bargain’s ‘Radio Golf’: Part 2: Baakari Wilder

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In Part 2 of interviews with the cast of Hard Bargain Players’ Radio Golf, meet Baakari Wilder.

Joel:  Please tell our readers where they may have seen you appear on our local stages and the roles you have played.

Baakari Wilder.
Baakari Wilder.

Baakari:  I appeared in Mosaic Theater Company’s “Unexplored Interior” (Presidential Guard).

Why did you want to appear in Radio Golf?

I’ve been dying to do an August Wilson play.

Have you ever appeared in a Radio Golf production or any other August Wilson plays? Who did you play?

No.  This is my first August Wilson play.

How would you describe an August Wilson play?

A beautiful reflection of the African American experience.

Who are you playing and how do you relate to your character? 

I play Roosevelt in the play and I’m driven to succeed like he is.

How has Director Terry Spann helped you to mold your performance? What challenges have you had preparing for your role and how did your director help you with these challenges?

He’ s allowed a lot of freedom to experiment and develop character, and at the same time shared lots of encouraging word to help prepare for taking on the role. Getting the lines inside me was a challenge and Terry provided exercises that were very helpful to me.

What have you learned about yourself as an actor during this process?

A regimented-at-home rehearsal produces great results. A lot of time and energy must go into preparing for a role.

What does Radio Golf have to say to today’s audiences?

Should our concern be simply for ourselves, or others as well?

The cast of ‘Radio Golf’: L to R: Mack Leamon (Sterling Johnson); Baakari Wilder (Roosevelt Hicks); DeJeanette Horne (Harmond Wilks); Lolita Marie (Mame Wilks); and John Askew (Elder Joseph Barlow). Photo by Timagnus Traylor.
The cast of ‘Radio Golf’: L to R: Mack Leamon (Sterling Johnson); Baakari Wilder (Roosevelt Hicks); DeJeanette Horne (Harmond Wilks); Lolita Marie (Mame Wilks); and John Askew (Elder Joseph Barlow). Photo by Timagnus Traylor.

What has your Hard Bargain experience been like and what do you admire most about your fellow cast members’ performances?

It’s been a great experience. A lot of time was taken in developing this project which I think was necessary. This is a local company that seems to have big and passionate dreams. I admire their level of skill and commitment.

What do you want audiences to take with them after seeing Radio Golf?

I want them to think about how the issues presented might affect them and their community or the communities that surround them.

Running Time: Two hours and 30 minutes, with a 10-minute intermission.

RADIO GOLF 728X90

Radio Golf plays through Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Hard Bargain Players at Hard Bargain Amphitheater – 2001 Bryan Point Road, in Accokeek, MD. For tickets, purchase them online.

LINKS:
Meet the Cast of Hard Bargain’s ‘Radio Golf’: Part 1: Lolita Marie by Joel Markowitz.

Meet the Cast of Hard Bargain’s ‘Radio Golf’: Part 2: Baakari Wilder.

Meet the Cast of Hard Bargain’s ‘Radio Golf’: Part 3: DeJeanette Horne.

Review of ‘Radio Golf’ at Hard Bargain Players by William Powell.

A Preview of ‘Radio Golf’ Which Opens This Friday, August 12th at 8 PM at Hard Bargain Players by Terry Spann.

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Joel Markowitz is the Publisher and Editor of DCMetroTheaterArts. He founded the site with his brother Bruce to help promote the vast riches of theatre and the arts in the DC Metro area that includes Maryland, Virginia, and DC theater and music venues, universities, schools, Children's theaters, professional, and community theatres. Joel is an advocate for promoting the 'stars of the future' in his popular 'Scene Stealers' articles. He wrote a column for 5 years called ‘Theatre Schmooze’ and recorded podcast interviews for DC Theatre Scene. His work can also be seen and read on BroadwayStars. Joel also wrote a monthly preview of what was about to open in DC area theatres for BroadwayWorld. He is an avid film and theater goer, and a suffering Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan. Joel was a regular guest on 'The Lunch and Judy Show' radio program starring Judy Stadt in NYC. Joel founded The Ushers Theatre Going Group in the DC area in 1990, which had a 25-year run when it took its final curtain call last year. Joel is a proud member of The American Critics Association.