August Wilson

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August Wilson

Born Frederick August Kittel on April 27, 1945, to Daisy Wilson-Kittel and Frederick Kittel, August Wilson’s childhood was spent in poverty in the Hill district of Pittsburgh, where he shared a house wit five siblings that had two rooms and no hot water. His mother supported the family as a cleaning lady while his father, a German baker, spent little time with them. When Wilson was a teenager, she divorced Frederick Kittel and married David Bedford, Wilson’s stepfather, and the family moved to the primarily white neighborhood of Hazelton, Pittsburgh.


-August Wilson- Born: April 27, 1945, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Died: October 2, 2005, in Seattle, WashingtonVocations: Playwright, Poet

Jitney. First produced in Pittsburgh, PA, at the Allegheny Repertory Theatre, 1982.Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. New York: New American Library, 1988.The Piano Lesson. New York: New American Library, 1990.Two Trains Running. New York: New American Library/Dutton, 1993.Seven Guitars. First produced in Chicago at the Goodman Theatre, 1995.Gem of the Ocean. First produced on Broadway, 2004.Radio Golf. First produced at Yale Repertory Theatre, 2005.

Wilson/American Dream

August Wilson's life relates to the American dream by the way his life was a teenager. Living in a small house with 5 other poeple and struggling to eat daily. As not many americans/immigrants August Wilson did achieve the American Dream becoming a very famous author.




"My greatest influence has been the blues,”

“I think my plays offer (white Americans) a different way to look at black Americans. For instance, in 'Fences' they see a garbageman, a person they don't really look at, although they see a garbageman every day. By looking at Troy's life, white people find out that the content of this black garbageman's life is affected by the same things—love, honor, beauty, betrayal, duty. Recognizing that these things are as much part of his life as theirs can affect how they think about and deal with black people in their lives.”—August Wilson

“Never is it suggested that playwrights like David Mamet or Terrence McNally are limiting themselves to whiteness. The idea that we are trying to escape from the ghetto of black culture is insulting.”—August Wilson

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