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“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” a play by Pittsburgh native August Wilson, was adapted into a film by director George C. Wolfe and writer Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

Review: ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ is solid, if inexact, adaptation of a classic

By Sinead McDevitt, Senior Staff Writer January 22, 2021
Ma Rainey and her band are recording her new record, but several incidents make the process rather long and troublesome.
Playwright August Wilson was born and raised in Pittsburgh’s Hill District.

Pitt acquires archive of late playwright August Wilson

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor October 30, 2020
Wilson wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning plays “Fences” and “The Piano Lesson,” which are part of his 10-play “Pittsburgh Cycle,” or “American Century Cycle.”
Christopher Rawson (left) wrote two articles in the first volume of the Pitt-published journal devoted to playwright August Wilson (right).

Pitt publishes open-access August Wilson Journal

By Benjamin Nigrosh, Staff Writer October 29, 2019
When Pitt published the first volume of the first scholarly journal on famed Pittsburgh playwright August Wilson in June, the creators felt it was important that the journal be free for anyone to access.
Wenhao Wu | Senior Staff Photographer

‘Fences’ finds fresh audience at staged reading

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer March 16, 2016

The title of August Wilson’s “Fences” might sound like a dividing play, but Wednesday afternoon it united an auditorium full of people. Visiting anthropology professor Philip Kao’s Intro to Cultural...

So many parallels with my own journey

“So many parallels with my own journey”

Eugene Lee stands in for August Wilson in "How I Learned."

Wilsons one-man-show makes its Pittsburgh debut

Wilson’s one-man-show makes its Pittsburgh debut

By Danah Bialoruski / Staff Writer March 5, 2015

It’s taken 12 years, but August Wilson’s  first one-man show, “How I Learned What I Learned,” will finally run in the same city where the story takes place.“How I Learned What I Learned” is...

MLK Project honors August Wilson, strives to break the cycle

MLK Project honors August Wilson, strives to ‘break the cycle’

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor August 26, 2014

The vibrant painted leaves on the exterior of  the Mad Mex in Oakland demand your full attention, but they don’t reveal the scope of the project that brought them to life.Oakland’s newest mural —...

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