Archive | May, 2014

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at Jubilee Theatre in Ft. Worth, TX

26 May

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at Jubilee Theatre in Ft. Worth, TXMa Rainey Ft Worth

Written by August Wilson
Previews: May 9, 2014
Runs: May 16 – June 8, 2014

Set in a Chicago recording studio in 1927, a group of musicians anxiously await the arrival of legendary blues singer Ma Rainey, who is known for her music and her attitude. What transpires in this studio is a fiery battle of will and identity as soulful and soul stirring as blues itself. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is a gripping drama from Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright August Wilson.

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August Wilson Center’s Backers Remain Hopeful

19 May

Sala-Udin-6By Mike Downing

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that supporters of the August Wilson Center vowed to “keep up their fight to save the facility” even as a judge weighs an offer to sell the building.

“I’m optimistic,” said South Side resident Mujidat Saaka, one of a dozen people who attended a Hill District meeting to get a status report on the center’s fate.

The meeting was held by Sala Udin, a founder of the center and former city councilman.

For the entire article, click here.

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Image: August Wilson’s Diploma from The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (1989)

12 May

August Wilson's Diploma from The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (1989)

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“August Wilson as ‘Fences'” by John Sokol

5 May

By Mike Downing

This depiction of August Wilson was done by artist John Sokol by writing lines from the play “Fences” in the likeness of August Wilson.  It was a gift from two great friends and currently hangs in my office.  I love it.

Sokol has also done a “word portrait” of President Obama.

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