SummaryTwo-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson returns home to the Hill District of Pittsburgh in 1990 to review his life and career. Archival footage and interviews with Wilson, former New York Times theater critic Frank Rich, Rob Penny and other fellow writers, and others provide insights into the African American experience, from the Great Black Migration to more recent times. Scenes from his plays "Jitney," "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," "Fences," "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," and "Two Trains Running" reveal the impact of the oral tradition and the blues on Wilson's poetic prose.
African American dramatists -- 20th century -- Interviews.
Dramatists, American -- 20th century -- Interviews.
American literature -- African American authors.
African Americans in literature.
Hill District (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
|Publisher|| Princeton, N.J. :Films for the Humanities and Sciences,2004
|Other Titles|| South Bank show (Television program)
August Wilson :
Bragg, Melvyn, 1939-
London Weekend Television (Firm)
Editor, Melvyn Bragg; camera, Martin Hailey; film editor, John Street.
Originally produced for television in 1990 as a segment of the television program The South Bank Show.
DVD; Region 1; full screen.
1 videodisc (52 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.