Debating the effects of August Wilson's success

New black playwrights left out, scholars say

December 05, 2007|By Stephanie Shapiro | Stephanie Shapiro,Sun reporter

With its intimate account of working-class black men and women, the late August Wilson's 10-play cycle chronicling the African-American experience in the 20th century catapulted him into the pantheon of great American playwrights.

Wilson is also box-office gold. The 2007-2008 theater season includes 30 productions of Wilson's work, making him the year's most widely produced playwright, according to American Theatre Magazine. Center Stage will begin performances of Joe Turner's Come and Gone this week; Everyman Theatre will stage Gem of the Ocean in March; and the playwright's 10-play chronicle will unfold in its entirety as a series of staged readings at Washington's Kennedy Center in March and April.

If you go Joe Turner's Come and Gone runs Friday through Jan. 13 at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. Ticket prices and showtimes vary. 410-332-0033 or centerstage.org.

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