Tonight, August 26, 2013, renowned Broadway actors will perform the 1st live recording of all ten plays of the Pittsburgh Cycle of plays by August Wilson. Each play will be read and recorded in order over the next few weeks.
For more details about this great tribute and the full schedule click here.
August Wilson was born as Frederick August Kittel, Jr. in Pittsburgh in 1945. In 1965, after his father died, he decided to change his name to August Wilson to honor his mother. During his life Wilson had many jobs, including: chef for the Little Brothers of the Poor, writing educational scripts for the Science Museum of Minnesota, even as a porter and and a gardener when money was tight.
Wilson was an American playwright and his crowning achievement The Pittsburgh Cycle (that includes a series of ten plays) was awarded two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. This 10-play cycle depicts 100 years of African-American life. Divided into each of the decades, these plays explore African-American life throughout the 20th century:
Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1988) – 1910s
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (1984) – 1920s
The Piano Lesson (1990) – 1930s
Seven Guitars (1995) – 1940s
Fences (1987) – 1950s
Two Trains Running (1991) – 1960s
Jitney (1982) – 1970s
King Hedley II (1999) – 1980s
Radio Golf (2005) – 1990s
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