August Wilson

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Plays Written by Women of Color Reign on Broadway

Larissa FastHorse: “I honestly never expected to be on this list as a Native American playwright, and that’s really sad.”

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Viola Davis Set to Bring Ma Rainey to Hollywood

August Wilson’s play about the legendary blues singer will be adapted for the big screen.

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Action!: Iconic Shows From Playwrights of Color

The New York Times featured works from Suzan-Lori Parks, David Henry Hwang and other writers of color in a new list of the greatest American plays from the last 25 years.

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'Moonlight,' 'Fences' and Actors of Color Make Oscar History

Viola Davis, Mahershala Ali and four others round out the most diverse Academy Awards acting nominee pool ever.

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'This is Us' Star Sterling K. Brown is Excited About the Future of Black Stories on Film and TV

“To be African-American and alive—it’s a good thing,” said the Emmy award-winning actor to The Undefeated. 

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August Wilson, Barry Jenkins, Donald Glover Nominated for WGA Awards

The Writers Guild of America’s dual awards ceremonies will take place in New York City and Los Angeles on February 19.

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3 Questions With ‘Fences’ Star Jovan Adepo

We talked to Adepo, who plays the embittered son in “Fences,” about working with heavy hitters, the state of Black Hollywood and being a “revolutionary optimist.” 

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ICYMI: Viola Davis and Denzel Washington Dig Into 'Fences' With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Washington and Davis discussed their upcoming movie, adapted from August Wilson’s eponymous play, and its present-day resonance with the NBA legend and social activist for The Hollywood Reporter’s new cover story. 

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WATCH: Viola Davis and Denzel Washington Reprise Broadway Roles in 'Fences' Trailer

August Wilson adapted his own acclaimed play about a working-class Black family in Pittsburgh for the upcoming film, directed by Washington.

ICYMI: Listen to All of August Wilson's 'American Century Cycle' for Free

The acclaimed playwright’s century-spanning “American Century Cycle” was recorded by New York pubic radio station WNYC in 2013. Actors include Taraji P. Henson and Phylicia Rashad.

Teen Actors Keep Playwright August Wilson's Legacy Alive [VIDEO]

The August Wilson Monologue Competition celebrates the work of the African-American playwright through the powerful performances of high school actors. Here, two finalists share their monologues with Colorlines.com.

Competition Keeps August Wilson's Work Alive for Young Actors

The fourth annual competition kicked off in New York City earlier this month, and we caught up with this year’s winner.