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This edition: August Wilson's Legacy

Episode Details

Original tape date: April 27, 2007.

The extraordinary legacy of playwright August Wilson and his 10-play cycle of African-American life in the 20th Century is explored in a two-part program. First, a panel of Wilson's collaborators -- producer James Houghton (Signature Theatre Company), dramaturg Todd Kreidler, director Kenny Leon ("Radio Golf", "Gem of the Ocean"), actor/director Ruben Santiago Hudson ("Gem of the Ocean", "Seven Guitars"), producer Jack Viertel ("Radio Golf") -- discuss the process of developing and producing Wilson's plays. In the second half, the depth and variety of Wilson's characters are explored by Stephen McKinley Henderson ("Jitney", "King Hedley II"), Harry Lennix ("Radio Golf"), Tonya Pinkins ("Radio Golf") and Phylicia Rashad ("Gem of the Ocean"), joined by director Kenny Leon.

Guest List

Theodore Chapin Moderator

Sondra Gilman Host, American Theatre Wing Seminars

Stephen McKinley Henderson Actor

James Houghton Artistic Director, Signature Theatre

Todd Kreidler Dramaturg

Douglas Leeds Host, American Theatre Wing Seminars

Harry Lennix Actor

Kenny Leon Director

Tonya Pinkins Actress

Phylicia Rashad Actress

Ruben Santiago-Hudson Actor

Jack Viertel