February 28, 2001 6 p.m.
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.