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August Wilson Panel discusses black history

02/28/2019 Liza Zulick | Staff Writer In celebration of Black History Month, Duquesne University hosted the panel discussion, “August Wilson’s Pittsburgh: Work and Life,” on Feb. 26. Hosted by the Gumberg Library, panelists Paul Ellis, Betina Jones and John Hadlock presented on the topic of August Wilson, his plays and how they tell the history […]

Music City Downtown unites live music venues

Music City Downtown unites live music venues

Josiah Martin | Arts & Entertainment Editor 01/24/19 The Downtown Community Development Corporation (CDC) recently announced Music City Downtown, a new initiative to make live music in Downtown Pittsburgh more common and accessible. At a press conference at the August Wilson Center on Jan. 16, John Valentine, the executive director of the Downtown CDC, explained […]

Duquesne launches August Wilson Fellowship program

Duquesne launches August Wilson Fellowship program

Liza Zulick | Staff Writer 10/04/2018 A $5 million fundraising effort, led by actor Denzel Washington, took place on Sept. 26 at the August Wilson House in the Hill District. Efforts were organized for the renovation of the playwright’s childhood home. Duquesne University President Ken Gormley joined Washington in a groundblessing ceremony before the celebration […]

Honors College celebrates August Wilson’s birth

Honors College celebrates August Wilson’s birth

Claudia Hardy | Staff Writer 04/26/2018 This year would mark two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s 73rd birthday, and Pittsburgh’s legendary Hill District cannot wait to celebrate. Wilson was a famed African-American playwright who was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. One of his most famous works, Fences, earned him his first Pulitzer Prize and […]

New fellowship created in the spirit of August Wilson

New fellowship created in the spirit of August Wilson

Sairah Aslam | Staff Writer 02/15/18 Duquesne University is honoring one of the Hill District’s enduring legacies, August Wilson. The university announced it will be creating a new August Wilson House Fellowship, bolstering the university’s reputation as a prominent contributor to the arts and culture in the Pittsburgh community and across the country. For about […]

Hill District’s Black History

Hill District’s Black History

Madeline Bartos | Staff Writer 02/08/2018 CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly states that The August Wilson Center is owned by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. It has been updated to rectify this mistake. From the 1920s to 1940s, the Hill District was a place of thriving culture, producing some of the highest literature, […]

August Wilson’s classic ‘Fences’ given perfect film treatment

August Wilson’s classic ‘Fences’ given perfect film treatment

By Loren Smith | Staff Writer August Wilson’s iconic 1983 play “Fences” was brought to the big screen for the first time this Dec. 16. The powerful film, which was also a Tony Award-winning Broadway show that starred Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in its revival, tells the brutally honest story of the Maxson family, […]

Famed Pittsburgh play hits silver screen

Famed Pittsburgh play hits silver screen

By Zachary Landau | Staff Writer As Pittsburgh’s most recognized playwright, August Wilson is undoubtedly an important and influential figure in theater and African-American arts. With the release of the first trailer for “Fences,” the Denzel-Washington-led adaptation of Wilson’s most prolific work, a retrospective on Wilson and his legacy seems appropriate ahead of the film’s […]

Acting August: How I Learned What I Learned makes its Pittsburgh debut

Acting August: How I Learned What I Learned makes its Pittsburgh debut

By: Seth Culp-Ressler | Features Editor How I Learned What I Learned, August Wilson’s final play, has at last come home. The Pittsburgh-born, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright’s piece has seen the stage in Seattle, Aspen, Chicago, New York City and Atlanta. But until its opening a week ago at the Pittsburgh Public Theater it had […]