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August Wilson

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Transcript of August Wilson

1970
1985
2005
1945
1995
August Wilson
Biographical
August Wilson was born on April 27th, 1945 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania .
First Written Play- 1979
August wrote his first play:
Jitney.
1985-1988
1985- New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play:
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
1990- 1991
1990- Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts and Distinguished Pennsylvania Artist
1992-1999
1992- American Theatre Critics' Association Award:
Two Trains Running
2000
New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play:
Jitney


Outer Critics' Circle Award for Outstanding- off Broadway
Play:
Jitney
2002-2005
2002: Olivier Award for Best New Play:
Jitney
Major Works
Some of Wilson's best plays include:
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom-
1981
Fences-
1986
Joe Turner's Come and Gone-
1986
The Piano Lesson
- 1990
Seven Guitars
- 1996
Jitney
- 2001
Gem of the Ocean
- 2004
Radio Golf
- 2005
Contributions to Theatre
The August Wilson Theatre
On October 16th, 2005, fourteen days after Wilson's death, the Virginia Theatre in New York City's Broadway Theater District was renamed "The August Wilson Theatre". It is the first Broadway Theater to bare the name of an African American.
August Wilson Way
The Vacated Republican street between Warren Avenue N. and 2nd Avenue N. on the Seattle Center ground was renamed to "August Wilson Way".
1986 - Whiting Writers' Award:
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
1986- American Theatre Critics' Association Award:
Fences
1987- Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play, New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play, Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Tony Award for Best Play and Outer Critics' Circle Award:
Fences
1987- Artist of the Year by Chicago Tribune
1988- New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play:
Joe Turner's Come and Gone
1990- Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play:
The Piano Lesson
1990- New York Drama Critics' Award for Best Play:
The Piano Lesson
1990- Pulitzer Prize for Drama:
The Piano Lesson
1991- Black Filmmakers' Hall of Fame Award
1992- New York Drama Critics' Circle Citation for Best American Play:
Two Trains Running
1992- Clarence Muse Award
1996- New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play:
Seven Guitars
1999- National Humanities Medal
2004- The 10th annual Heinz Award in Arts and Humanities
2004- The U.S Comedy Arts Festival Freedom of Speech Award
2005- Make Shift Award at the U.S Confederation of Play Writers

Synopsis: Regular cabs will not travel to the Pittsburgh Hill District of the 1970's, so the residents of it turn to each other.
Jitney
dramatizes men trying to make a living as Jitneys, which are unofficial, unlicensed taxi-cab drivers.
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