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

15 Sep

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.

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