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August Wilson Plays

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).

from ArtsBeat

Denzel Washington Says He Will Bring 10 August Wilson Plays to HBO

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


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

from Vogue

The Heart of Things

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


Denzel Washington to Produce All 10 August Wilson Plays for HBO, Including Fences with Viola Davis