Playwright August Wilson, known for his work centering the Black American experience, now has a permanent exhibit dedicated to his life and plays. The immersive and interactive exhibition can be visited at Pittsburgh’s August Wilson African American Cultural Center.
The exhibit also evokes other formative influences through touch-free interactive video and audio displays. In archival interview clips, for instance, Wilson discusses the importance of such keystones of his worldview as the Black Power movement and blues music. Wilson’s importance to Black theater artists is massive, said Ruben Santiago-Hudson, a stage and screen actor who has performed in and directed numerous productions of Wilson plays on Broadway and Off Broadway. He also scripted the 2020 screen adaptation of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” “Instead of Black life being in the periphery, he put Black people’s lives in … the center of what is Americana,” he said.
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