"Actors Talk August" presented by August Wilson HouseMonday, May 17, 2021 @ 8:15 PM - 9:30 PM
Streamed on City of Asylum’s Virtual Channel. (75 minute run-time) *please note 8:15 pm start time*
August Wilson House celebrates America’s greatest playwright with a new web series of substantial insider interviews called “Actors Talk August,” streaming on the first and third Monday of each month.
Featured are leading August Wilson actors and directors, national and regional, interviewed by Chris Rawson, veteran Pittsburgh Post-Gazette theater critic who chronicled Wilson’s career and came to know him well. The aim is to capture the memories, anecdotes and insights of those who know Wilson’s epic American Century Cycle from the inside and helped to bring it to life.
Kenny Leon is the third of August Wilson’s three Broadway directors, responsible for Gem of the Ocean, Radio Golf and the revival of Fences with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. He co-founded the August Wilson Monologue Competition and was artistic director of the famous 2008 Kennedy Center staged readings of all 10 American Century Cycle plays. As an actor, he originated Citizen in Gem. His 2018 memoir, Take You Wherever You Go, pays tribute to his three greatest influences: his mother, grandmother and August Wilson.
Each previous edition can be viewed via the links below:
August Wilson House (AWH) is Wilson’s Hill District childhood home at 1727 Bedford Ave. It is being restored as an arts center that will promote his artistic and cultural legacy while nurturing the artists of the future. Although the restoration won’t be finished until 2022, AWH is already sponsoring a wide range of programs including the annual Hill District Block Party/Community Festival, backyard productions in collaboration with Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater, AWH Fellowships in collaboration with Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh, August in the Schools (debuting this fall), several oral history projects and other programs centering community engagement.