Top 5 : The Plays of August Wilson

November, 2016

August Wilson, America’s truly great playwrights was born on April 27, 1945 and died October 2, 2005. This two time Pulitzer Prizes winner’s plays focused on the trials and tribulations of the African- American experience in America. Most of his plays takes place in his hometown of Pittsburgh,PA. He called his set of 10 plays, The Pittsburgh Cycle, which focus on events that took place every decade in the 20th century. Most critics, directors and actors who viewed and worked on his plays called him a modern day William Shakespeare. High praises aside, Mr. Wilson’s plays invoke a time and era that are familiar to some but the range of human emotion that flow in the phrasing of every line is universal to the human experience.

If you want to be entertained and challenged, here are Bacchus Tales’ Top 5 recommendations

  1. Fences (1987)
  2. Jitney    (1982)
  3. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (1984)
  4. King Hedley (1999)
  5. The Homecoming (1989) unconnected to ‘The Pittsburgh Cycle