Playwright August Wilson In ‘Another League’

Playwright August Wilson In ‘Another League’

From NPR…

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson was best known for a series of 10 plays – one for every decade – depicting African-American life in the 20th century. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to director Kenny Leon and actress Phylicia Rashad, about breathing new life into the series.

Strange Fruit: Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney

Strange Fruit: Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraneymccraney

From WFPL Louisville…

Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney has been called the next August Wilson. Maybe that can be partially attributed to the fact that there are so few prominent African American playwrights, but there’s still no doubt he is carrying an important mantle.

Historic Tribute to August Wilson

Historic Tribute to August WilsonAugustWilsonCenturyCycle-ae

From The Root…

Titled August Wilson’s American Century Cycle, the groundbreaking series brings together a stellar group of actors, directors and other talents — many of whom worked with Wilson — for live staged readings and recordings of the playwright’s dramas at New York Public Radio’s the Greene Space. They include actors Phylicia Rashad, Leslie Uggams, Keith David, S. Epatha Merkerson, Wendell Pierce and Taraji P. Henson (in her Wilson debut) as well as theater directors Michele Shay and Kenny Leon, artistic director Ruben Santiago-Hudson and associate director Stephen McKinley Henderson.

The August Wilson years: Ten decades, ten plays… including Fences

The August Wilson years: Ten decades, ten plays… including FencesAugust Wilson

From What’s on Stage…

August Wilson (1945–2005) has rightly been hailed as “perhaps the greatest American stage poet sinceTennessee Williams” and his remarkable body of work demonstrates a scale of ambition and a seriousness of purpose that places him firmly within the ranks of Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller. Even if the grand concept of rendering in dramatic form the African-American experience in each of the ten decades of the 20th century was initiated more by accident than design, it remains an extraordinary achievement. Since Wilson devoted himself almost entirely to writing for the stage, the Pittsburgh cycle of ten plays can also be seen as a monument to the power of the theatre to resonate far beyond its physical confines.

Mount Airy actor jumping triumphantly over ‘Fences’

Mount Airy actor jumping triumphantly over ‘Fences’Brett-200x300

From Chestnut Hill Local…

“Fences” by August Wilson, a work that won Wilson much critical acclaim, including both the 1987 Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize for “Best Play of the Year,” opened a brief run July 23 at Plays and Players, 1719 Delancey St. in center city, where it is being staged through Aug. 4.

Michele Shay Talks About the August Wilson Effect

Michele Shay Talks About the August Wilson Effectmichelle-shay

From Lee Bailey’s EurWeb…

During a special launch event for the August Wilson American Century Cycle Celebration, hosted by Lincoln Motor Company at New York’s Jerome L. Greene Space, actress and director Michele Shaypublicly explored her intimate and spiritual relationship with August Wilson’s work. During the panel discussion and exclusive interview afterward, she described how powerful the playwright’s work has been in her life and for the Black community.

Director/producer fills out the role of Troy in ‘Fences’

Director/producer fills out the role of Troy in ‘Fences’Ron Himes Fences

From the Evansville Courier and Press…

Ron Himes watched “Fences” on Broadway, produced it in St. Louis and directed it in Knoxville, Tenn. After nearly four decades in theater, however, he never expected to play the lead in August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play anywhere.

August Wilson’s ‘Seven Guitars’ comes to West Oakland’s Sista Thea Bowman Theater

August Wilson’s ‘Seven Guitars’ comes to West Oakland’s Sista Thea Bowman TheaterAyodele-Nzinga

From the SF Bay View…

Ayodele “Wordslanger” Nzinga is a major thespian and theatrical force in the Bay Area hailing from the Lower Bottoms of West Oakland. Over the years, she has brought a number of productions to the recently culturally starved area that helped to birth the Black Panther Party and the West Oakland jazz scene.