"Actors Talk August" presented by August Wilson HouseMonday, November 16, 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 previous editions can be viewed here:
For the third edition of “Actors Talk August,” Chris Rawson talks with Mark Clayton Southers, a Hill District native and former steelworker who, under the personal influence of August Wilson (in unusual ways and places), became a playwright and theater entrepreneur. As founder and artistic director of the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre and free-lance professional director, he has produced and directed the entire Wilson Cycle, as well as promoting the Wilson plays in other creative ways. This hour-long interview is full of Wilson anecdotes and insights.
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.