August Wilson was one of the greatest American playwrights, equal in literary accomplishment to O’Neill and Williams. Yet, his plays – and his life and legacy – are rarely taught in schools.
Join us on Saturday, April 25th, from 10am – 3pm, for a workshop on teaching August Wilson. Led by Dr. Sandra Shannon, author of “The Dramatic Vision of August Wilson,” and consultant on the recently released PBS American Masters documentary, August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand, the workshop will explore Wilson’s language and literature and offer techniques for incorporating these fantastic plays into your curricula.
This workshop will help teachers to take advantage of the August Wilson Celebration, a citywide commemoration of the 10th anniversary of his death. Anchored by our production of Two Trains Running, directed by Chuck Smith, the Goodman is partnering with seven other theater companies in the city to produce readings of all nine other Century Cycle plays; partner theatres include Congo Square, Fleetwood Jordain, ETA, BET, Court, Pegasus Players, and MPAACT. In addition, there will be discussions and symposia on August’s life and work.
Teaching August Wilson will be held at Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. Lunch will be provided.