August Wilson Society Announces Pittsburgh Colloquium: Event Scheduled for April 26-28 at August Wilson Center

cropped-augustwilsonBy Mike Downing

The August Wilson Society, in conjunction with the city of Pittsburgh’s August Wilson Center for African American Culture, has announced a three-day event, slated for April 26-28, 2018.

Entitled, “Go Back and Pick Up the Ball: An August Wilson Society Colloquium,”  the gathering will feature actors, directors, historians, educators, scholars, politicians, poets, members of the local Pittsburgh community, and others “who have been inspired to art and action by Wilson’s charge,” according to the Society’s press release.

Symposium participants will revisit Wilson’s American Century Cycle plays to “raise issues and fashion solutions to the concerns addressed in his work.”

According to August Wilson Society President and Founder, Dr. Sandra Shannon, “We hope to raise and answer significant questions raised in Wilson’s writings, such as, what wisdom can we glean from his memorable characters? How did Wilson reconcile his art with his politics? How can the lessons of the past help solve the problems of today?”

DSC05886The event will feature a keynote speaker, followed by roundtable discussions, breakout sessions, workshops, and performances of Wilson’s plays by the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company (Mark Southers, founder/ Producing Artistic Director).

A guided walking tour of the Hill District and the playwright’s boyhood home will be available to participants, as well as a“Happy Birthday, AugustWilson!” block party celebration on April 29 at Daisy Wilson’s Artist Community, Inc.

To register for the colloquium, click here.

The August Wilson Society (AWS) was founded within Howard University’s College of Arts and Sciences in spring 2006.. This group defines itself as an interdisciplinary learning community of instructors, students, performers, and theatre lovers who remain dedicated to commemorating August Wilson’s legacy by promoting the studying, teaching, researching, performing, and ultimately the safeguarding of the rich narrative of the African American past 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:

Dr. Sandra G. Shannon, Founder/President The August Wilson Society 202-806-5443,

Ms. Janis Burley Wilson, President/CEO The August Wilson Center for African American Culture 412-471-6070,


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