August Wilson on Blackness

By August Wilson

wilson-3001x125“The blues are important primarily because they contain the cultural expression and the cultural response to blacks in America and to the situation that they find themselves in. And contained in the blues is a philosophical system at work. And as part of the oral tradition, this is a way of passing along information.”

~August Wilson
From August Wilson on Blackness
Interview with Bill Moyers (1988)

Wilson’s Reaction to “The Cosby Show”

By August Wilson

AugustWilsonShadow“Most of black America is in housing projects, without jobs, living on welfare. And this is not the case in ‘The Cosby Show,’ because all the values in that household are strictly what I would call white American values.”

~August Wilson

From Conversations with August Wilson
Edited by Jackson R. Bryer and Mary C. Hartig

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Published: August Wilson Special Edition of the “Making Connections” Journal

By Mike Downing

august_wilsonThe August Wilson edition of the Making Connections journal has been officially published. It represents a 14-month collaboration between a dozen or so artists and scholars. Click the image to connect with the journal on Metapress.

For a .PDF of the entire document, click here: Fall2014FINAL.

August Wilson’s Plays that Fall Outside The Century Cycle

By Mike Downing

August Wilson bwIn addition to Wilson’s ten Century Cycle plays, he is also on record as having written the following six plays that have not been published.

If any of my friends and colleagues out there has any information on these plays, please contact me.

Recycle (1973)

Black Bart and the Sacred Hills (1977)

Fullerton Street (1980)

The Homecoming (1989)

The Coldest Day of the Year (1989)

How I Learned What I Learned (2002–03)