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

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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’

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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.