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.
It’s good to have an effervescent woman on Actors Talk August! Kim goes way back in the Wilsonian world to the O’Neill Theatre Center, in 1984 in “Joe Turner” and in 1994 in “Seven Guitars.” She’s played Rose in “Fences” for six theater companies and Berniece in “Piano Lesson” for two — and understudied her on Broadway. In all, she’s performed in seven of the ten Cycle plays, working with great Wilsonian directors Lloyd Richards, Lou Bellamy, Claude Purdy and Israel Hicks. She talks feelingly about the experience.
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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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