Hill District’s Cliffside Park Restored and Renamed “August Wilson Park”

AWP-park-gallery-3By Mike Downing

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy has announced that the former Cliffside Park in Pittsburgh’s Hill District has been restored and renamed “August Wilson Park.”

The accessible park features quotes from some of Wilson’s plays and will officially open with a community celebration on Aug. 6.


Wilson’s ‘Seven Guitars’ to be Staged at his Childhood Home in August 2016

By Mike Downing

photo posted on post-gazette.comAs part of the “August in August” series, the Pittsburgh Playwright’s Theater Company will present “Seven Guitars” every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) in August 2016 (5-7, 12-14, 19-21 and 26-28) beginning at 8 p.m.

Performances will be held at 1727 Bedford Avenue, in the backyard of the childhood home of August Wilson.

Tickets are $35. Seniors 65+ and Hill District residents pay $25 for the first two weekends only. Students with ID pay $25 at the door, first three weekends only.

Opening night fundraiser on August 5th with food and drink is $100 for all tickets.

Tickets are available here.



August Wilson Society 10th Anniversary Conference Slated for October 2016

By Mike Downing

August_Wilson_in_hatThe August Wilson Society, coordinated by Professor Sandra Shannon at Howard University, has announced a national conference to “assess the life and legacy” of playwright August Wilson.

The event is slated for Oct. 6-8 at Howard University in Washington, DC.  Abstracts will be accepted until August 8, 2016.

For more information, contact Dr. Shannon at sshannon@howard.edu or 202-806-5443.

Theater News: Jerald Gary, 30, Buys Historic Regal Theater in Chicago to Restore and Use with Art Non-Profits

From my friends at Good Black News…


IMG_7736 Jerald Gary (Photo credit: Melanie L. Brown for Steed Media Service)

article by Melanie L. Brown via rollingout.com

Rolling out interviewed Jerald Gary, the new owner of the New Regal Theater in Chicago. The 30-year-old talked about his memories of the Regal and how he came to acquire this historic building on the South Side.

Who is Jerald Gary?

I am a private equity investor. I bought the Regal Theater in 2014 to provide access to the performing arts for the community. I created the Chicago Regal Foundation to use the theater as a cultural asset that the community can leverage through various arts nonprofits. My day to day is figuring out how to render capital of the community more active and productive.

What is some history that you’ve heard about the Regal?

When I was growing up, the Regal was really in its prime. It reopened in 1987…

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