Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson is arguably one of the great playwrights of the 20th century. His ambitious 10-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. Wilson’s Fences became a successful feature film starring Denzel Washington & Viola Davis and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom was recently released on Netflix to critical acclaim.
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.”
*While Wilson’s plays explore the African American experience, this class is open to students of all races.
Regular Tuition: $370
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