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August Wilson's Century Cycle

By September 1, 2009

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A month from now it will have been four years since August Wilson passed away. When I think of this I am both saddened and in awe. Sad that the theatre lost such a powerful voice. But in awe of his accomplishments. August Wilson envisioned a cycle of ten plays, each one exploring the lives of African Americans, each one set in a different decade, throughout the 1900s.

Even when Wilson was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he continued to put the final touches on what would be his last play: Radio Golf. Since his death, plays such as Joe Turner's Come and Gone have been revived on Broadway and other renowned venues. It looks as though his work is alive and well, and will remain so for years to come.

For those unfamiliar with August Wilson's work, you can read a chronological summary of the ten plays. Or, if you are already in love with this cycle of family dramas, the Theater Communications Group published the complete works of August Wilson in ten finally crafted books.


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