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August Wilson

 
Date Of Death:
October 02, 2005 (???)
Birth Place:
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Bio:
August Wilson was an American playwright. He has been referred to as the "theater's poet of Black America". He is best known for a series of ten plays collectively called The Pittsburgh Cycle, which chronicle the experiences and heritage of the African-American community in the 20th century. Plays ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: April 27, 1945
Date of Death: October 02, 2005 (60)

Birth Place: Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Bio:
August Wilson was an American playwright. He has been referred to as the "theater's poet of Black America". He is best known for a series of ten plays collectively called The Pittsburgh Cycle, which chronicle the experiences and heritage of the African-American community in the 20th century. Plays ... (read complete bio)
 

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August Wilson Biography

August Wilson was an American playwright. He has been referred to as the "theater's poet of Black America". He is best known for a series of ten plays collectively called The Pittsburgh Cycle, which chronicle the experiences and heritage of the African-American community in the 20th century. Plays in the series include, Jitney (1982), Fences (1984), Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (1984), Joe Turner's Come and Gone (1986), The Piano Lesson (1987), King Hedley II (1999). Two of his plays received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and two of his other works won the Tony Award for Best Play. In 2006 Wilson was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

August Wilson Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Play
August Wilson, Radio Golf
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 2007 - Best American Play Gold Star
August Wilson, Radio Golf
 
Tony Awards - 2007 - Best Play
August Wilson, Radio Golf
 
Tony Awards - 2005 - Best Play
August Wilson, Gem of the Ocean
 
Olivier Awards - 2002 - The BBC Award for Best New Play Gold Star
August WilsonJitney
 
Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Play
August Wilson, King Hedley II
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2000 - Outstanding New Play Gold Star
August Wilson, Jitne
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2000 - The American Express Tribute Gold Star
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New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 2000 - Best Play Gold Star
August Wilson, Jitney
 
The Pulitzer Prize - 2000 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama
August Wilson, King Hedley II
 
The Pulitzer Prize - 2000 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama
August Wilson, King Hedley II
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1996 - Best Play Gold Star
August Wilson, Seven Guitars
 
Tony Awards - 1996 - Best Play
August Wilson, Seven Guitars
 
The Pulitzer Prize - 1995 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama
August Wilson, Seven Guitars
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1992 - Best American Play Gold Star
August Wilson, Two Trains Running
 
The Pulitzer Prize - 1992 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama
August Wilson, Two Trains Running
 
Tony Awards - 1992 - Best Play
August Wilson, Two Trains Running
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1990 - Outstanding New Play Gold Star
August Wilson, The Piano Lesson
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1990 - Best Play Gold Star
August Wilson, The Piano Lesson
 
The Pulitzer Prize - 1990 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama Gold Star
August WilsonThe Piano Lesson
 
Tony Awards - 1990 - Best Play
August Wilson, The Piano Lesson
 
The Pulitzer Prize - 1989 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama
August Wilson, The Piano Lesson
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1988 - Outstanding New Play
August Wilson, Joe Turner's Come and Gone
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1988 - Best Play Gold Star
August Wilson, Joe Turner's Come and Gone
 
Tony Awards - 1988 - Best Play
August Wilson, Joe Turner's Come and Gone
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1987 - Best Play Gold Star
August Wilson, Fences
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1987 - John Gassner Playwriting Award Gold Star
August Wilson, Fences
 
The Pulitzer Prize - 1987 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama Gold Star
August Wilson, Fences
 
Tony Awards - 1987 - Best Play Gold Star
August Wilson, Fences
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1985 - Outstanding Play
August Wilson, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1985 - Best Play Gold Star
August Wilson, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
 
Tony Awards - 1985 - Best Play
August Wilson, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

August Wilson News

Jordan Tyson, Joy Woods, John Cardoza, Ryan Vasquez & More to Star in THE NOTEBOOK Wo Photo Jordan Tyson, Joy Woods, John Cardoza, Ryan Vasquez & More to Star in THE NOTEBOOK World Premiere Musical
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 29, 2022

Chicago Shakespeare Theater announced the cast and creative team for the highly anticipated world premiere of The Notebook, a new musical based on the bestselling novel by Nicholas Sparks that inspired the iconic film.

Katie Finneran, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Andréa Burns & More Join UP HERE Musical Seri Photo Katie Finneran, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Andréa Burns & More Join UP HERE Musical Series on Hulu
by Michael Major - Jun 29, 2022

Katie Finneran, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Andréa Burns and more have joined the cast of Hulu's upcoming musical series, Up Here. John Hodgman, Sophia Hammons, Emilia Suárez, George Hampe, Julia McDermott, Scott Porter, and Ayumi Patterson will also join the previously announced Carlos Valdes (Miguel) and Mae Whitman (Lindsay). 

New York Stage and Film Announces Casting; Founders' and Pfaelzer Award Winners Photo New York Stage and Film Announces Casting; Founders' and Pfaelzer Award Winners
by Stephi Wild - Jun 27, 2022

New York Stage and Film begins its summer season in Poughkeepsie on Saturday, July 9 and will run for five weeks to Sunday, August 7 for in-person programming that will support more than 35 new stories for theater, film and television. 

World Premiere of A TRANSPARENT MUSICAL, 1776 National Tour & More Announced for Cent Photo World Premiere of A TRANSPARENT MUSICAL, 1776 National Tour & More Announced for Center Theatre Group 2022-2023 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 23, 2022

Programming has been announced for the 2022/2023 season at the Ahmanson Theatre and Mark Taper Forum. Find out all of the shows in the season, how to get tickets & more. 

Signature Theatre's SigSpace to Present Quiara Alegría Hudes and Sean Ortiz's EMANCI Photo Signature Theatre's SigSpace to Present Quiara Alegría Hudes and Sean Ortiz's EMANCIPATED STORIES
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 23, 2022

signature Theatre’s SigSpace will present the first-ever installation from Quiara Alegría Hudes and Sean Ortiz’s Emancipated Stories project, designed by Yazmany Arboleda with Emmanuel Oni and featuring letter-writing sessions and pop-up performances produced in collaboration with The Fortune Society.

Congo Square Theatre Announces 2022-23 Season Featuring the World Premiere of HOW BLO Photo Congo Square Theatre Announces 2022-23 Season Featuring the World Premiere of HOW BLOOD GO & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 23, 2022

Congo Square Theatre Company, one of the nation’s premier African American ensemble theater companies, has announced an expanded 2022-23 season. The company will present a downtown remount of its powerful production, What to Send Up When It Goes Down, in addition to the World Premiere of How Blood Go, and more.

MEAN GIRLS Tickets Are Now on Sale For August Dates At The Fox Cities Performing Arts Photo MEAN GIRLS Tickets Are Now on Sale For August Dates At The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
by Grace Cutler - Jun 22, 2022

MEAN GIRLS tickets are now on sale for August 24-28th at The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, WI

Concord Theatricals Acquires Licensing Rights for Alice Childress' TROUBLE IN MIND Photo Concord Theatricals Acquires Licensing Rights for Alice Childress' TROUBLE IN MIND
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 16, 2022

Concord Theatricals has announced that it has secured exclusive worldwide English language stage licensing rights to Alice Childress’ Trouble in Mind for its Samuel French imprint.

BWW Review: JITNEY, Old Vic Photo BWW Review: JITNEY, Old Vic
by Franco Milazzo - Jun 16, 2022

August Wilson’s Jitney, a play about Black taxi drivers in Seventies Pittsburgh, last opened in London in October 2001. Cloaked in the resonance of 9/11 and a nation still in shock, it walked away that year with the Olivier award for Best New Play. Two decades on, thoughts run to the Obama presidencies, Black Lives Matter and a world almost unimaginable when this play was written in 1979.

MEAN GIRLS Comes to Coming to Schenectady, June 28- July 3 Photo MEAN GIRLS Comes to Coming to Schenectady, June 28- July 3
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 15, 2022

Proctors in Schenectady will welcome the First National Tour of Mean Girls‚ÄĒthe record-breaking new musical comedy produced by Lorne Michaels, Stuart Thompson, Sonia Friedman, and Paramount Pictures based on the hit film‚ÄĒwill be coming to Proctors from Tuesday, June 28 to Sunday, July 3.

August Wilson Videos

VIDEO: Roberta Colindrez, Molly Ephraim & More Star in A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN Series T VideoVIDEO: Roberta Colindrez, Molly Ephraim & More Star in A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN Series Teaser
by Michael Major - Jun 7, 2022

A League of Their Own evokes the spirit of Penny Marshall's classic, while taking a deeper look at race and sexuality, following the journey of a new ensemble of characters as they carve their own paths towards the field, both in the league and outside of it. The series stars Roberta Colindrez (Fun Home), Molly Ephraim (Into the Woods), and more.

VIDEO: Tony Nominee Ruben Santiago-Hudson Opens Up About Making History with LACKAWAN VideoVIDEO: Tony Nominee Ruben Santiago-Hudson Opens Up About Making History with LACKAWANNA BLUES
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 6, 2022

Ruben Santiago-Hudson is Broadway's jack of all trades this season. Not only did he direct MTC's Tony-nominated Skeleton Crew, but he wrote, directed and starred in Lackwanna Blues- the latter of which earned him a Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play.

VIDEO: Jane Lynch Discusses Bonding With Her Mother Through FUNNY GIRL on LIVE VideoVIDEO: Jane Lynch Discusses Bonding With Her Mother Through FUNNY GIRL on LIVE
by Michael Major - Jun 2, 2022

JaneJane Lynch sat down with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest this morning to discuss playing Rosie Brice in Funny Girl on Broadway. During the interview, Lynch discussed how she and her mother bonded over the original cast recording of Funny Girl.

VIDEO: Watch All New Footage Of Beanie Feldstein, Ramin Karimloo, Jared Grimes, Jane  VideoVIDEO: Watch All New Footage Of Beanie Feldstein, Ramin Karimloo, Jared Grimes, Jane Lynch & More in FUNNY GIRL on Broadway
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 1, 2022

Watch all new footage of Funny Girl on Broadway, now on stage at the August Wilson Theatre! New videos of Jared Grimes, Jane Lyne, Ramin Karimloo and Beanie Feldstein.

VIDEO: Because it's June! Watch Leslie Uggams' Iconic Performance of 'June is Bustin' VideoVIDEO: Because it's June! Watch Leslie Uggams' Iconic Performance of 'June is Bustin' Out All Over'
by Stage Tube - Jun 1, 2022

It's that time of year again! We're celebrating June 1 with the iconic video of Leslie Uggams singing 'June is Bustin' Out All Over' from Carousel!

VIDEO: The Best of Broadway Comes Out to Celebrate Opening Night of FUNNY GIRL VideoVIDEO: The Best of Broadway Comes Out to Celebrate Opening Night of FUNNY GIRL
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 30, 2022

On Sunday night, FUNNY GIRL celebrated its opening night at the August Wilson Theatre. All the greatest stars of stage and screen came out to celebrate and BroadwayWorld is taking you to the red carpet for an inside peek. Click here to watch interviews with the cast!

VIDEO: Go Inside Opening Night of FUNNY GIRL on Broadway VideoVIDEO: Go Inside Opening Night of FUNNY GIRL on Broadway
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 25, 2022

FUNNY GIRL opened last night, Sunday, April 24 at the August Wilson Theatre and BroadwayWorld was there for the big night and we're taking you behind the scenes below!

VIDEO: Jane Lynch Explains How Starring in FUNNY GIRL is a Full Circle Moment for Her VideoVIDEO: Jane Lynch Explains How Starring in FUNNY GIRL is a Full Circle Moment for Her on SUNDAY TODAY
by Michael Major - Apr 18, 2022

Jane Lynch sat down with Willie Geist on Sunday Today to discuss the new Broadway revival of Funny Girl, working with Beanie Feldstein, Glee, and more. The interview features the first footage released from the production, including Lynch performing 'Henry Street' and 'Who Taught Her Everything' and Beanie Feldstein singing 'People.'

VIDEO: Beanie Feldstein Talks FUNNY GIRL on GOOD MORNING AMERICA VideoVIDEO: Beanie Feldstein Talks FUNNY GIRL on GOOD MORNING AMERICA
by Michael Major - Apr 11, 2022

Beanie Feldstein sat down on Good Morning America this morning to discuss taking on the iconic role of Fanny Brice in the first Broadway revival of Funny Girl. Feldstein reveals if she would want to know if Barbra Streisand is in the audience, how she makes the role her own, and more. Watch the new interview now!

VIDEO: FUNNY GIRL's Beanie Feldstein Talks Fanny Brice, Barbra Streisand, and More on VideoVIDEO: FUNNY GIRL's Beanie Feldstein Talks Fanny Brice, Barbra Streisand, and More on CBS SUNDAY MORNING
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 10, 2022

Beanie Feldstein stopped by CBS Sunday Morning today to talk about her performance in Broadway's first revival of Funny Girl. Watch the interview here.


August Wilson Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has August Wilson written?
August Wilson has written 15 shows including Fences (Playwright), Joe Turner's Come and Gone (Playwright), Urban Blight (Bookwriter), The Piano Lesson (Playwright), Two Trains Running (Playwright), Seven Guitars (Playwright), Jitney (Playwright), King Hedley II (Playwright), Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Playwright), Gem of the Ocean (Playwright), Seven Guitars (Playwright), Two Trains Running (Playwright), King Hedley II (Playwright), Radio Golf (Playwright), How I Learned What I Learned (Playwright).

What awards has August Wilson been nominated for?
Outstanding Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Radio Golf , Best American Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Radio Golf , Best Play (Tony Awards) for Radio Golf , Best Play (Tony Awards) for Gem of the Ocean , The BBC Award for Best New Play (Olivier Awards) for Jitney , Best Play (Tony Awards) for King Hedley II , Outstanding New Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Jitne , The American Express Tribute (Helen Hayes Awards) for , Best Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Jitney , The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for King Hedley II , The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for King Hedley II , Best Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Seven Guitars , Best Play (Tony Awards) for Seven Guitars , The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for Seven Guitars , Best American Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Two Trains Running , The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for Two Trains Running , Best Play (Tony Awards) for Two Trains Running , Outstanding New Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Piano Lesson , Best Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for The Piano Lesson , The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for The Piano Lesson , Best Play (Tony Awards) for The Piano Lesson , The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for The Piano Lesson , Outstanding New Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Joe Turner's Come and Gone , Best Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Joe Turner's Come and Gone , Best Play (Tony Awards) for Joe Turner's Come and Gone , Best Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Fences , John Gassner Playwriting Award (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Fences , The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for Fences , Best Play (Tony Awards) for Fences , Outstanding Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Best Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Best Play (Tony Awards) for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom .

What awards has August Wilson won?
Best American Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Radio Golf, The BBC Award for Best New Play (Olivier Awards) for Jitney , Outstanding New Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Jitne, The American Express Tribute (Helen Hayes Awards) for , Best Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Jitney, Best Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Seven Guitars, Best American Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Two Trains Running, Outstanding New Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Piano Lesson, Best Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for The Piano Lesson, The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for The Piano Lesson , Best Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Best Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Fences, John Gassner Playwriting Award (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Fences, The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for Fences Best Play (Tony Awards) for Fencesand Best Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.