‘Fences’ Movie Comes to Villanova

By Mike Downing

fences-1Our friend, Ellen Bonds of Villanova University, tells us that Villanova is planning to provide students with opportunities to see the film, “Fences,” and to engage with scholars in a colloquium on August Wilson.

“Fences” will screen for three days:

March 27 (at 3:30 p.m.) March  28, and 29 (at 6:30 p.m.) in Connelly Cinema (main campus theater) in Connelly Student Center

The university will also be hosting a colloquium for graduate students and undergraduates on April 19, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.  Dr. Herman Beavers from the University of Pennsylvania and Suzana Berger (a dramaturge at U of Penn) will be the speakers.

Location TBA.

August Wilson Society Announces New Officers

By Mike Downing

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Sandra Shannon, Howard University

Director of Communication
Michael Downing, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Website Manager
Kamili Anderson, Howard University

Laurence Glasco, University of Pittsburgh

Membership Coordinators
Ladrica Menson-Furr, University of Memphis
Shondrika Moss-Bouldin, Georgia State University

Educational Outreach
Chris Bell, University of North Georgia
Artisia Green, College of William and Mary

History and Mission of the August Wilson Society

Posted by Mike Downing

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The August Wilson Society (AWS) was founded in 2005 by a group of scholars at Howard University shortly after the passing of Mr. Wilson at age 60.  In 2016, on the heels of the international August Wilson Conference at Howard in October, the group has formalized, elected officers, and is working to become a resource providing access to expert speakers, educational materials, and scholarly opportunities related to August Wilson.

The Society defines itself as an interdisciplinary learning community dedicated to commemorating Mr. Wilson by promoting the studying, the teaching, the researching, and the ultimate safeguarding of the rich legacy that Wilson has bequeathed to us in the form of 10 plays that chronicle the stories of African Americans from 1904 to 1997.

For more information, contact president Sandra Shannon or director of communication Michael Downing.


Schomburg Center to Host Session on the Importance of August Wilson

schomburg-2017By CoCo Harris

An upcoming August Wilson Theater Talk has been announced by Howard University Professor and Director of the August Wilson Society, Dr. Sandra G. Shannon.  The event is scheduled for Feb. 20 at the Schomburg Center in New York City.

The title of the event is “Theater Talks: August Wilson Effect.”

According to the NY Public Library website, “Amidst a moment of vibrant re-imaginings of August Wilson’s work, both on stage and screen, this conversation will contemplate the meaning of his work and legacy, explore the practice of contemporary practitioners of stage and screen craft, and imagine the future of the trajectory of black storytelling.”

Featured attendees include:

Producer Kamilah Forbes

Playwright Chisa Hutchinson

Writer, actor, recording artist Carl Hancock Rux

Director of August Wilson’s Jitney currently on Broadway, Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Moderator Dr. Sandra G. Shannon.

For more details and tickets, please visit this link.

@SchomburgCenter #TheaterTalks