Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Sad news

Playwright August Wilson is considered one of the great American writers of our time, and he has brought the 20th century history of the black community to life one decade at a time in his cycle of plays about life and choices in a small neighborhood of Pittsburgh -- the last one was just recently completed. I feel a certain bond to him, having seen one of his plays in development, first at New Haven's Long Wharf theater and then later (with a different ending) elsewhere. Anyway, he has just announced that he has inoperable liver cancer and isn't likely to see the new year. Thanks for all the insights, and best of luck on the rest of your journey.

photo of WilsonLinks:
  1. Dartmouth bio
  2. Wikipedia entry, which includes a list of all of the plays in his cycle
  3. CNN profile as one of America's Best artists and entertainers
  4. A recent NPR profile/interview about his encounter with Bessie Smith's music and its transformative effect on his writing

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