"Actors Talk August" presented by August Wilson HouseMonday, November 2, 2020 @ 8:15 PM - 9:15 PM
Streamed on City of Asylum’s Virtual Channel. (60 minute run-time) *please note 8:15 pm start time*
August Wilson House celebrates America’s greatest playwright with a new web series of insider interviews called “Actors Talk August,” substantial interviews streaming on the first and third Monday of each month.
This program features leading August Wilson actors, both 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 and thoughts of those who know Wilson’s great American epic best, from the inside, and helped to bring it to life on the stage. The first edition featured actors Eugene Lee and Wali Jamal and is still available here: “Actors Talk August” presented by August Wilson House- 1
For the second edition of “Actors Talk August,” Chris Rawson talks with Montae Russell, a long-time Wilsonian actor who has completed all 10 American Century Cycle plays at least once. A Homestead native and Pitt grad, Montae goes back to the beginning, the first staging of “Jitney!” at the Allegheny Repertory Theatre in 1982, before Wilson burst on the national scene with “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” in 1984. This 75-minute interview is a feast for Wilson fans.
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.