"Actors Talk August" presented by August Wilson HouseMonday, February 1, 2021 @ 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 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.
Phylicia Rashad is most widely known for her TV popularity (“Cosby Show”), but before that she had a career on Broadway (“Dreamgirls”). In this century she has concentrated on the stage, with Broadway stints in Raisin in the Sun (Tony), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and August: Osage County; classics both Off-Broadway and regionally; and committed work for the Negro Ensemble Company and other famous off-Broadway companies. But for Actors Talk August, her chief interest is as Aunt Ester in Gem of the Ocean (Broadway and elsewhere) and as director of several Wilson revivals since.
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.