There was a slight melancholy in the air as the audience ushered into The Greene Space for the 10th and final installation of the August Wilson Cycle as recorded by New York Public Radio. Over the last month, many proud and dedicated theatre artists have gathered to celebrate the work of this late great playwright. For years to come, audiences will be able to appreciate the genius of this unsung hero.
Playwright August Wilson chronicles the African American experience through his plays and is considered to be one of the most influential playwrights in American Theater.
Wilson’s biggest accomplishment is his cycle of ten plays– one for every decade in the 20th century. Nine of these plays made their way to Broadway– the most famous being Fences and Radio Golf. Many of the plays in the cycle have reoccurring themes and characters and narrate the past struggles of black Americans that still ring true in today’s society.
In an interview with Bill Moyers, August Wilson discusses what it means to be black. I find this to be an interesting conversation, especially when Wilson declares that the most valuable blacks are the “warrior spirits” in prison. He continues by dismissing The Cosby Show as an accurate illustration of black American culture since he believes this famous television family has white values. Watch the interview and join our discussion– August Wilson on Blackness.
Also- check out: All of His Plays