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Actors Talk August Presented by August Wilson House: Jerome Preston Bates
February 21 @ 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm EST
August Wilson House celebrates America’s greatest playwright with substantial insider interviews, with leading August Wilson actors, directors and artists, national and regional. Hosted and moderated by Chris Rawson, veteran Pittsburgh Post-Gazette theater critic who chronicled Wilson’s career and became a friend. The goal is to capture the memories, anecdotes and insights of those who know Wilson’s epic American Century Cycle from the inside.
Featuring Jerome Preston Bates
In the 1990s, Jerome Preston Bates played four of the August Wilson young men, including the world premiere of Floyd Barton in Seven Guitars. Two decades later, he played four of the older men, including Becker in Jitney — the father of Booster whom he played 20 years before. It’s a rich Wilsonian legacy, about which he’s happy to talk.
Each previous edition can be viewed via the links below:
August Wilson House (AWH) is Wilson’s Hill District childhood home at 1727 Bedford Ave. It is being restored as an arts center that will promote his artistic and cultural legacy while nurturing the artists of the future. Although the restoration won’t be finished until 2022, AWH is already sponsoring a wide range of programs including the annual Hill District Block Party/Community Festival, backyard productions in collaboration with Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater, AWH Fellowships in collaboration with Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh, August in the Schools (debuting this fall), several oral history projects and other programs centering community engagement.
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