Archive | September, 2015

Denzel Washington to Bring August Wilson’s Century Cycle to HBO

20 Sep

By Mike Downing

denzel-washington-safe-house-black-enterpriseYou’ve probably heard this by now, but if not: Acclaimed actor Denzel Washington, in cooperation with the Estate of August Wilson, has agreed to produce all ten of August Wilson’s Century Cycle plays for HBO.  The project is expected to be completed over the course of the next decade.

This was meant to be.  Several years ago, Mr. Wilson himself made it clear that he wanted a black director for Fences.  Now he has that and more.  Clearly, August’s widow, Constanza Romero, is comfortable with Mr. Washington at the helm and we agree.  Mr. Washington will bring a high degree of sensitivity to the work, which bodes well for the productions.

AugustWilsonYou’ll recall that Mr. Washington played the role of Troy Maxson in the Broadway revival of Fences in 2010 (the same part played by James Earl Jones in the original Broadway production, circa 1987-88).

This announcement comes on the heels of The Greene Space’s tremendous effort in committing Mr. Wilson’s Century Cycle to audio.

You can be sure that the August Wilson blog will continue to follow what could turn out to be Mr. Washington’s greatest contribution to the artistic world.

Two River Theater (Red Bank, N.J.) Presents August Wilson’s “Seven Guitars”

14 Sep

By Mike Downing

7guit-headerAugust Wilson’s “Seven Guitars”

September 12, 2015 – October 4, 2015

Directed by Brandon J. Dirden
Joan and Robert Rechnitz Theater

For more information, click here.

Freda Ellis Passes

1 Sep

By Mike Downing

ellisOBIT2-1August Wilson’s sister, Freda Ellis, died on Sunday, August 30, 2015.  She will be greatly missed.

Obit from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is available here.

Condolences to family and friends.

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