A Raisin in the Sun, American Century Cycle, August Wilson, Bring in 'da Noise Bring in 'da Funk, Fences, In For a Penny, Lorraine Hansberry, Lynn Nottage, Paramount Pictures, Pittsburgh Cycle, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, San Francisco Theater Pub, Seven Guitars, SF Theater Pub, Tyler Perry, WNYC
In which I ponder the 70th anniversary of the birth – and 10th anniversary of the death – of one of America’s greatest playwrights.
Charles Lewis III, meditating on August.
“So when I saw two hundred niggas stunned into silence by the power of art in the music of John Coltrane and his exploration of man’s relation to the divinity, that’s when I got interested in jazz. And also, as a young man wanting to be a writer, I said, ‘This is what I want my art to do. I want to accomplish that’.”
-August Wilson, November 2004
This February would have been the 70th birthday of one of the most influential playwrights of the 20th century. This October will mark the ten-year anniversary of his death. For the best and worst reasons, 2015 is year of the late August Wilson.
April 27th was observed as “August Wilson Day”, revivals have sprung up everywhere – here in the Bay Area, Oakland’s Lower Bottom Playaz are staging King Hedley with Radio Golf set for December…
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