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August Wilson
 

Timeline: 1990-2005, in Decades
Biblio/Biographical/Critical Sources

1990 - 1999
1990  

  • "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.

Publications:

  • 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

1991

  • Antoinette Perry Award nomination for best play.
  • American Theatre Critics' Association Award.

Publications:

  •  "Three Plays by August Wilson" published by University of Pittsburgh Press.
  • New York Times, March 10, 1991, section 2, pp.5, 17

1992 

  • 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.

Publications:

  • 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

1994

  • 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.

Publications:

  • Journal and Constitution (Atlanta), October 13, 1994, p. Dli
  • Theatre Journal, December, 1994, pp.468-76  

1995 

  • "Piano Lesson" broadcast on Hallmark Hall of Fame.
  • "Seven Guitars" premieres.

Publications:

  • 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     

1996 

  • "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.

Publications:

  • 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

1997 

  • 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.

1998  

  • 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.

1999  

  • 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
2000

  • "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.

2001 

  • "King Hedley II" on Broadway; first Wilson play not to win NYDCC Award.

2002 

  • "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.

2003  

  • "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.

2004

  • "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.

2005

  • "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.
 
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