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.
George C. White imaginatively founded and ran the O’Neill Theatre Center, where in 1982-94 August Wilson developed the first half of his plays to go to Broadway — “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Fences,” “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” “Piano Lesson” and “Seven Guitars.” Mr. Wilson worked intensely there with Lloyd Richards, whom Mr. White had hired as artistic director, and with the remarkable professional casts they attracted. Mr. White’s O’Neill changed Mr. Wilson’s career and provided new ways for American playwrights to grow.
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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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