Broadway, Dance Legend Set for August Wilson Documentary Panel at Shore Cultural Centre

Broadway, Dance Legend Set for August Wilson Documentary Panel at Shore Cultural Centre

Shore Cultural Centre will screen the documentary on playwright August Wilson, "The Ground on Which I Stand", Monday, September 11 at 7:00pm in Room 152. The film is being presented courtesy of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). A $5 donation is suggested for admission.

The showing of this film will kick off a series of events planned by Shore and the Euclid Public Library dedicated to the life and work of August Wilson (1945-2005).

"This is an excellent way in which people can get a real taste of Wilson and what's in store for them at Shore and the Library regarding this important American playwright," said Terrence Spivey, Shore Artistic Associate. The documentary about the Tony and Pulitzer-winning playwright includes interviews with film and stage luminaries and his family, scenes from his award-winning plays and more.

A panel discussion on the film and Wilson’s American Century Cycle will follow the film featuring Spivey; Jimmie Woody, Cuyahoga Community College professor, actor and director; Cornell Calhoun III, Cleveland Wilsonian actor; and Dianne McIntyre, well known and respected Broadway choreographer/director. Ms. McIntyre choreographed two productions of Wilson’s plays on Broadway. Actor/playwright Peter Lawson Jones who recently appeared in Wilson's autobiographical one-man show "How I Learned What I Learned" at Shore will serve as moderator.

Wilson's work illuminated the joys and struggles of the African-American experience in the United States during the 20th century. His greatest contribution to American culture is his defining 10-play cycle, one for each decade of the past century; all but one set in the Hill District of Pittsburgh.

The Shore Theatre Program will be presenting selections from the American Century Cycle beginning September 25 with a readers theatre production of Gem of the Ocean. Call 216-289-8578 for further information or visit

Gem of the Ocean and the American Century Cycle are presented with the permission of the Wilson Estate and by special arrangement with Samuel L. French, Inc.


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