Antaeus Academy

The Art, Poetry & Blues of August Wilson

Moderated by: Gregg Daniel
March 8, 2021 – April 26, 2021
Spring 2021
Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30pm PT
Class Fee: $370 Tuition (Early Bird Discount: $320; Two Installments – $395)
Class Size: 8 – 12

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.

Early Bird Tuition: $320 due on February 2nd, 2021
Regular Tuition: $370 due on February 16th, 2021
Installment plan: $395. First payment due February 16th, 2021; second payment due March 15th, 2021.

Gregg Daniel

L.A.: Joe Turner (Mark Taper Forum, Fountain Theater); Death of A SalesmanJitney, 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).
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