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August Wilson

2005 Lifetime Achievement

Lifetime - August Wilson
August Wilson is the author of Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Fences, Two Trains Running, Jitney, King Hedley II and Radio Golf. These works explore the heritage and experience of African-Americans, decade-by-decade, over the course of the twentieth century. His work has garnered many awards, including Pulitzer Prizes for Fences (1987) and The Piano Lesson (1990), as well as seven New York Drama Critics Circle Awards. The cast recording of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom received a 1985 Grammy Award and Wilson received a 1995 Emmy Award for his screenplay adaptation of The Piano Lesson.

He has received many fellowships and prizes, including Rockefeller and Guggenheim Fellowships in Playwriting, the Whiting Writers Award and a 2003 Heinz Award. Wilson is an alumnus of New Dramatists, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1995. He was awarded a 1999 National Humanities Medal by the President of the United States. Born and raised in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Wilson currently resides in Seattle.

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Blog Posts about August Wilson

WE REMEMBER: August Wilson's Play, "The Piano Lesson," Debuted 25 Years Ago This Month

A photo from the 1987 premiere of August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson."                     In our rush to get to Thanksgiving dinner, we missed the anniversary of August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson." 2011 winner Isabel Wilkerson reminded us through a post on her Facebook page (she's just FULL of wonderful factoids about African American history), including a rare photo of Samuel L. Jackson (third from left), who starred in the play as Boy Willie.  Wilkerson writes:  It was 25... Read More →

Five Books You Should Read First In 2013

With a new year comes new reading lists. We at Anisfield-Wolf rounded up some of the new and not-so-new books we'd like to read over the next few weeks. If this proves popular, we'll keep adding books here as suggestions and have a discussion about what we've enjoyed over on our Facebook page.  Ayaan Hirsi Ali - Infidel Stephen L. Carter - The Emperor of Ocean Park Jill Lepore - The Mansion of Happiness August Wilson - Fences  Esi Edugyan - The Second Life of Samuel Tyne            Read More →

Love August Wilson's Plays? You're In Luck This Spring

August Wilson We've been in a real August Wilson mood around here lately and with good reason. Residents of Northeast Ohio (our neck of the woods) will have the chance to see five of Wilson's plays from his Pittsburgh Cycle, his ten-play cycle on the Black experience in the 20th century.  ‘Radio Golf’ is ontage at Cleveland Play House now through Sunday, March 4th. ‘Fences’ is onstage at East Cleveland Theatre now through Sunday, March 4th. ‘The Piano Lesson’ is onstage at True North Theatre now through Sunday, March 4th. ‘Two... Read More →

VIDEO: August Wilson - The Man, The Playwright

August Wilson In this interview, 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award winner August Wilson gives his opinion on everything from African-Americans visiting to Africa to whether the Cosby Show was realistic for its time. There aren't many interviews with Wilson available, so we hope you take some time to listen to his passionate views on race and culture. Let it spark a conversation today. Read More →
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