Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright

August Wilson

Wednesday, February 28, 2001 6 p.m.

Award-winning playwright August Wilson appeared at the Smithsonian Institution for a frank and engaging discussion of his eight plays chronicling eight decades of the African American experience in the 20th century. Mr. Wilson is the author of Jitney, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Fences, (Tony Award, Pulitzer Prize, 1987), Joe Turner's Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson (Pulitzer Prize, 1990), Two Trains Running, Seven Guitars, and King Hedley II. His works have been produced at regional theaters, on Broadway, and throughout the world. He was interviewed by Howard University author and graduate professor of African American literature Sandra Shannon, who is a leading authority on his work. Special emphasis was given to Mr. Wilson's most recent work King Hedley II. Copies of Dr. Shannon's book The Dramatic Vision of August Wilson (Howard UP, 1995) were available for signing after the interview.


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February 2001