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All of the characters in the play by August Wilson Fences experience a personal transformation over the course of the play. Description from I searched for this on

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Playwright August Wilson (April 27, 1945 – October 2, 2005) dropped out of school in the ninth grade but continued to educate himself by spending long hours reading at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Library.

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February 2011 ~ August Wilson (1945-2005) was a writer and playwright from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Each of his plays represented a different aspect of black American life in different decades. Wilson won several awards for his writings including two Pulitzer Prizes for drama. His more known plays were Fences (1987), The Piano Lesson (1990), The Homecoming (1989), and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (1984).

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Denzel Washington directs and stars in the upcoming Fences movie, based on the acclaimed by August Wilson. Catch the adaptation in theaters December 25.

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The Piano Lesson (August Wilson)

August Wilson's The Piano Lesson, is a Pulitzer prize winning play for drama. Description from I searched for this on

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April 26, 2010 | Denzel Washington and Viola Davis star in the Broadway revival of Fences, August Wilson’s masterpiece. It took 22 years for the Broadway revival... the answer was Denzel Washington, a star with the deep-rooted masculinity, emotional ballast, and unstoppable charisma required to play a character who, as this production’s director (and longtime Wilson collaborator), Kenny Leon, puts it, “is on a scale with Othello, Lear, Willy Loman.” Photo: Annie Leibovitz

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August Wilson ~ playright, was born Frederick August Kittle Jr. in 1945... to honor his mother after his father's death, he changed his name in 1965... he died of liver cancer in 2005

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Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in a 2010 production of August Wilson’s “Fences,” at the Cort Theater.

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