Video by Chris Hayes. August Wilson cited at the 1:53 mark.
This year, she joined the August Wilson Center Recovery Committee and led a series of community meetings to learn about residents’ vision for the black cultural arts center named for the famed playwright who grew up in the Hill District.
“She put herself at risk trying to save the August Wilson Center,” said Scott Stoner, director of programs and resources for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters in Washington. “If anybody can rise above adversity in a situation like that and lead a way out, I think it would be her.”
Broadway producer Tom Viertel of “Hairspray” and “The Producers” fame serves as the institution’s Chairman of the Board. He spoke to me about one of the organization’s alums—a writer discovered through the center’s open submission policy.
“He had no representation, nobody had ever heard of him, and he came and developed the play, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” It was August Wilson, and he went on to develop six of his 10 plays at the O’Neill,” says Viertel.