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August Wilson (I) (1945–2005)

August Wilson once dropped out of school, disillusioned after having been unjustly accused of plagiarism by a racist instructor who could not fathom the artistic and intellectual genius of a then young Black male writer. Wilson was not disillusioned forever. Having now completed a decade by decade cycle of seven plays that illustrate the ... See full bio »

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 1995 The Piano Lesson (TV Movie) (play) / (teleplay)
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 2003 The Naked Proof
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 1995 The Piano Lesson (TV Movie) (producer)
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 2001 The 55th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special)
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 1998 Charlie Rose (TV Series)
Himself - Guest
- Episode dated 25 February 1998 (1998) ... Himself - Guest
 1992 Literary Visions (TV Series documentary)
 1990 Ebony/Jet Showcase (TV Series)
- Episode dated 23 November 1990 (1990) ... Himself
 1989 The 43rd Annual Tony Awards (TV Special)
Himself - Presenter: Best Play
 1987 The 41st Annual Tony Awards (TV Special)
Himself - Winner: Best Play

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His play, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom", was performed in a British National Theatre production at the Cottesloe Theatre in London, England with Carol Woods-Coleman, Clarke Peters, Hugh Quarshie and Tom Chadbon in the cast. Howard Davies was the director. See more »

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Having moved from Pittsburgh to St. Paul, I felt I could hear voices for the first time accurately.


He left school in the ninth grade after being accused of plagiarism, but knew he wanted to be a poet. He educated himself by reading the books at the public library. See more »

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