By Mike Downing
August Wilson was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on April 27, 1945.
He was a force of nature, a master of language, and a creative dynamo.
His dramatic Century Cycle, depicting African American life during the 20th Century, will live on for decades, if not centuries, casting a powerful shadow over the African American community, particularly those actors, directors, audiences and theaters who experience his work.
We wish he were alive today to experience the excitement that surrounds his legacy: The August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh, the many playhouses across the country that are staging his plays, and the level of scholarship that has emerged related to his life and works.
Sadly, Mr. Wilson died on October 2, 2005. Our efforts on this blog, along with the efforts of so many others, strive to keep his legacy alive for future generations.