By Mike Downing
Our 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.
By Mike Downing
AUGUST WILSON SOCIETY OFFICERS
Sandra Shannon, Howard University
Director of Communication
Michael Downing, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Kamili Anderson, Howard University
Laurence Glasco, University of Pittsburgh
Ladrica Menson-Furr, University of Memphis
Shondrika Moss-Bouldin, Georgia State University
Chris Bell, University of North Georgia
Artisia Green, College of William and Mary
Posted by Mike Downing
History and Mission of AWS
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.
By 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.