Timeline: 1990-2005, in Decades
1990 - 1999
- "Piano Lesson" opens on Broadway, wins New York Drama Critic Circle Award, and second Pulitzer Prize.
- "Two Trains Running" premieres.
- Second marriage ends; moves to Seattle.
- The Piano Lesson, Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Award.
- Maclean's, May 28, 1990, p. 62
- Nation, June 1, 1990, pp. 832-33
- New Republic, May 21, 1990, pp. 28-30
- New York, May 7, 1990, pp. 82-83
- New Yorker, April 30, 1990, p.85
- New York Post, April 17, 1990
- New York Times, April 17, 1990, p. C13
- Antoinette Perry Award nomination for best play.
- American Theatre Critics' Association Award.
- "Three Plays by August Wilson" published by University of Pittsburgh Press.
- New York Times, March 10, 1991, section 2, pp.5, 17
- Receives honorary degree from Pitt, speaks at Honors Convocation.
- Two Trains Running" opens on Broadway, wins NYDCC Award for best American play.
- Tour of "Piano Lesson" plays Fulton Theater; "Ma Rainey" at Pittsburgh Public.
- Two Trains Running, Clarence Muse Award.
- Recipient of Bush and Guggenheim Foundation fellowships.
- Maclean's, May 18, 1992, pp.56-57
- Newsweek, April 27, 1992, p.70
- New Yorker, April 27, 1992, p.85
- Time, April 27, 1992, pp.65-66
- Marries Constanza Romero, costume designer.
- "Piano Lesson" filmed on a set in Harmarville and on location in Shadyside, Downtown, North Side and Squirrel Hill.
- "Two Trains Running" at Pittsburgh Public.
- Journal and Constitution (Atlanta), October 13, 1994, p. Dli
- Theatre Journal, December, 1994, pp.468-76
- "Piano Lesson" broadcast on Hallmark Hall of Fame.
- "Seven Guitars" premieres.
- Boston Globe, February 3, 1995, section 3/ p. 47
- Chicago Tribune, January 15, 1995, section 13, pp. 16-17, 21
- Journal and Constitution (Atlanta), January 9, 1995, p. D5
- Newsweek, February 6, 1995, p.60
- New York Times, January 25, 1995, pp. C13-C14; February 3, 1995, p. D26; February 5, 1995, section 2, pp.1, 5.New York
- Times Book Review
- Time, February 6, 1995, p.71
- "Seven Guitars" on Broadway, wins NYDCC Award.
- In June, electrifies national convention of non-profit theaters with a controversial call for separate black companies.
- Revises "Jitney" for professional premiere at Pittsburgh Public Theater.
- African American Review, spring, 1996, p.99
- New York Times Book Review, March 3, 1996, p.22
- People, May 13, 1996, p.63
- Variety, February 26, 1996, p.175
- Wages public debate in New York City with critic Robert Brustein on status of black theater.
- Azula Carmen Wilson born, Aug. 27.
- "Seven Guitars" debuts at Pittsburgh Public Theater.
- Teaches playwriting at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire; convenes Dartmouth conference on African American Theater that establishes African Grove Institute of the Arts.
- Honored at Edward Albee Theater Conference in Valdez, Alaska.
- Honored at 100th anniversary of Hill District Branch Library with the first high school diploma awarded by the Carnegie Library.
- Round-table discussion at Public Theater with Black playwrights Keith Glover, John Henry Redwood and his new director, Marion McClinton, who says, "August is Michael Jackson at this table."
- Named top Pittsburgh cultural power broker, 1998-99, by Post-Gazette.
- "King Hedley II" premieres at Pittsburgh Public Theater in co-production with Seattle Rep, the first play in the new O'Reilly Theater.
2000 - 2005
- "Jitney" finally arrives in New York, the first Wilson play to be staged Off-Broadway; it wins his seventh NYDCC Award.
- Wilson Delivers angry historical critique of American racism at Heinz Lecture Series.
- "King Hedley II" on Broadway; first Wilson play not to win NYDCC Award.
- "Gem of the Ocean" premieres in Chicago.
- "Jitney" wins London's Olivier Award for year's best play.
- Move begins to save Wilson's childhood Hill home as an historic site.
- "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" revived on Broadway with Whoopi Goldberg and original star Charles Dutton.
- "Piano Lesson" at Pittsburgh Public Theater.
- Performs solo autobiographical stand-up, "How I Learned What I Learned," in Seattle.
- In Pittsburgh, receives $250,000 Heinz Award for Arts and Humanities from Teresa Heinz Kerry.
- "Gem of the Ocean" opens on Broadway after a scramble to secure financing; closes after 72 performances while drawing full houses.
- Presides at North Side wedding of associate Todd Kreidler and Erin Annarella.
- "Radio Golf" premieres at Yale Rep in March.
- Diagnosed with deadly liver cancer, June 16.
- Revised "Radio Golf" opens in Los Angeles in July.
- Dies Sunday, Oct. 2, at age 60 in Seattle's Swedish Medical Center.