Myth, Superstition & the Blues: The Poetry of August Wilson

Class Detail

  • Moderated by Gregg Daniel
  • monday
  • 7-11pm, June 11-July 16 (6 weeks)

  • Class Fee:
    $310 (Early Bird Discount $280, due by May 28)
  • Class Size:

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson is arguably one of the great playwrights of the 20th century. His ambitious ten-part play series known as “The Century Cycle” chronicles the African American experience during each decade of the 20th century. His work has garnered a Tony Award as well as the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.

In this workshop, we will examine the themes, sources and personal history that make the playwright’s work so resonant. Through scene and monologue work, we will delve into the musicality, rhythm, prose and poetry which distinguishes Wilson’s text. As Wilson stated, “the more my characters talk, the more I find out about them.”

This class is open to students of all ethnicities, races and backgrounds.

Course Instructor

Gregg Daniel

L.A.: Joe Turner (Mark Taper Forum, Fountain Theater), Death of A Salesman, Jitney, Fences, A Christmas Carol, Whipping Man, James & The Giant Peach (South Coast Repertory) Romeo & Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, Merry Wives, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare Center L.A.)
Regional: Master Harold (Cape May Stage, International City Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville),Cyrano de Bergerac, Julius Caesar, Mother Courage (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare of Santa Barbara), Peer Gynt (Hartford Stage), Jitney (Pasadena Playhouse), Spell #7, Mojo & The Sayso (Crossroads Theatre Co.)
Directing: Wedding Band (Antaeus), The Mountain Top (Cape May Stage), Cobb, Heroes, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Group Repertory Theatre), Elmina’s Kitchen, Three Sisters After Chekhov (Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble), War Stories (L.a. Theatre Center), Stop Kiss, Sizwe Bansi is Dead, I Am My Own Wife (Theatre 150).
Television: True Blood (Series Regular), Castle, Parenthood, Weeds, Kroll Show, NCIS, Austin & Ally (Guest Star, among others).