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Master Class: August Wilson
April 27 : 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm$10
Many people are familiar with August Wilson, the renowned late playwright, but what about the man and his legacy? In a one-hour, one-session virtual class presented by Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe on April 27, participants will explore August Wilson’s background, his ten-play cycle, known as “The American Century Cycle” (WBTT has presented severals of these plays on its stage), and his 4 B’s (the Blues, Jorge Luis Borges, Amiri Baraka and Romare Bearden). This class is being offered in celebration of Wilson’s birthday – he would have turned 76 on April 27. Wilson’s plays have been produced on Broadway, at regional theaters across the country, and all over the world. His works have garnered many awards, including: the Pulitzer Prize for “Fences” (1987) and for “The Piano Lesson” (1990); a Tony Award for “Fences”; Great Britain’s Olivier Award for “Jitney”; and seven New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for various works. Participants will watch interviews with Wilson and view a few scenes from “Fences,” “Jitney,” and other plays. This will be a jam-packed 45-minute class filled with drama, fun, and a lot of knowledge, with a 15-minute discussion period after the lecture. Instructor is WBTT Associate Managing Director Travis Ray. The class takes place on Tuesday, April 27, 1 p.m. via Zoom. Cost is $10. To purchase, go to westcoastblacktheatre.org.