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Playwright August Wilson (April 27, 1945 – October 2, 2005) dropped out of school in the ninth grade but continued to educate himself by spending long hours reading at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Library.


All of the characters in the play by August Wilson Fences experience a personal transformation over the course of the play. Description from I searched for this on


February 2011 ~ August Wilson (1945-2005) was a writer and playwright from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Each of his plays represented a different aspect of black American life in different decades. Wilson won several awards for his writings including two Pulitzer Prizes for drama. His more known plays were Fences (1987), The Piano Lesson (1990), The Homecoming (1989), and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (1984).

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Denzel Washington Says He Will Bring 10 August Wilson Plays to HBO

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in a 2010 production of August Wilson’s “Fences,” at the Cort Theater.


Show Clips: Fences Starring Denzel Washington

See clips of Denzel Washington in August Wilson's 'Fences'


Based On August Wilson’s Play


Two Brothers, Both August Wilson Stalwarts, Play the Same Role on Opposite Coasts

Jason Dirden as Levee in the Center Theater Group production of August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. 2016


Two Brothers, Both August Wilson Stalwarts, Play the Same Role on Opposite Coasts

One incredible tale. Michael Paulson reports for The NY Times. "The work of August Wilson has for years sustained Brandon and Jason Dirden, actor brothers who have found themselves turning again and again to his plays for meaning and inspiration. Now, for the first time, the two are playing the same role, at the same time, on opposite coasts: Levee, the angrily ambitious trumpeter in one of Wilson’s best-known plays, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” I'd love to see both productions.

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