Entry for October 03, 2005

August Wilson

Flicking past PBS who had referred to Wilson as the American Shakespeare in an interview in 2001,  and  on the way to check  out my DVR (Digital Video Recorder) box “tape” of Francis Ford Coppola on Bravo’s Inside the actor’s Studio, I heard someone talking about August Wilson again as “the American Shakespeare” , but this time in a way that sounded ominously like a euology.  And sure enough it was.  Wilson died yesterday, having completed the last of his ten-play cycle on the twentieth century just this spring.  The above illustration is from Howard University’s symposium on Wilson this past April in conjunction with a production of  The Piano Lesson at the Arena Stage.

I spent time adding to the Wikipedia article on Wilson but he was so prolific, it still has a long way to go.

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