Friday, September 16, 2011

THEATRE: August Wilson Interview

"I try to explore, in terms of the life I know best, those things which are common to all cultures." - August Wilson

When I was in college, we watched this interview with the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson, after reading his play Gem of the Ocean. For those who don't know, Wilson wrote a cycle of ten plays set in the 20th Century, each one depicting the experience of African-Americans in a given decade. The most famous of these plays is Fences, which takes place in the 1950s.

Even if you're not familiar with August Wilson's work, this interview is still worth watching. Bill Moyers and he discuss a lot of interesting topics, particularly with regard to race in America.

Click here to watch the interview, which runs about half an hour. And if, when you finish, you find yourself wanting some more Moyers, I would also recommend his series of interviews with Joseph Campbell, the first of which is available here.

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