By Michael Downing
(from press releases)
The August Wilson Society has received confirmation that Constanza Romero, August Wilson’s widow, will stop by Howard University on September 19 to offer remarks at the August Wilson Society’s VIP Reception and Fundraiser in support of the August Wilson Society and the launch of the August Wilson’s Ground Lecture Series.
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Constanza Romero has served as the literary executor of the estate of August Wilson since 2005. Countless works by the late playwright have been produced nationally and abroad under Romero’s guidance.
As a producer, Romero helmed the Manhattan Theater Club’s Broadway production of JITNEY, in 2017, and Broadway’s FENCES, in 2010. Both won Tony Awards for Best Revival. With the release of Wilson’s FENCES as a major motion picture in 2017, Romero served as a key participant speaker with the film’s promotional screening tour and facilitated conversations about Mr Wilson with stars Viola Davis and Denzel Washington.
Ms. Romero’s costume for the character Aunt Ester in GEM OF THE OCEAN can be viewed along with other Wilson memorabilia at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. In another important step toward building and protecting August Wilson’s literary legacy, Romero has finished collecting the materials for August Wilson’s archives for future residence in a research library.
As a costume designer, Ms. Romero’s Broadway credits include THE MOUNTAIN TOP, FENCES (Tony Nomination), GEM OF THE OCEAN (Tony Nomination), SEVEN GUITARS, and THE PIANO LESSON.
She resides in Seattle with her daughter Azula Romero Wilson, finding time to practice her other passion, creating poster art for theaters and other non-profit organizations.
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