This is a Grand Opening Year for August Wilson House, the great playwright’s childhood home at 1727 Bedford Avenue in the Hill District.
Major events so far have been the annual Birthday Festival in April; the house completion, presided over by Denzel Washington and Constanza Romero Wilson in August; the co-production with Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre of “Jitney”; and the community party unveiling 210 Legacy Bricks installed around the house.
“We’re pleased to offer this range of programming and engagement,” said Denise R. Turner, acting chief executive of August Wilson House. “You know Mr. Wilson himself wanted the house to be useful, to educate and engage the community and that’s what we’re doing.”
Now AWH announces the following continuing programs, free to the public:
Creative Non-Fiction, led by nationally known columnist Tony Norman.
Poetry Writing, led by nationally known poet Adriana Ramirez.
Both free, in-person workshops begin Tuesday, Dec. 13, 6:00-8:30 pm, and meet monthly through May. To apply, email now firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application form.
AUGUST WILSON HOUSE TOURS:
Starting Saturday, Nov. 26, curator-led hour-long tours continue on most Saturdays and Wednesdays between 10 am and 3 pm, available by appointment only. The 2022 dates: Nov. 26, 30, Dec. 3, 7, 10, 17, 21, 28. (Dates in 2023 TBA.) Email appointment requests to email@example.com.
AUGUST WILSON READING ROUNDTABLE:
Informal community readings allow you to hear Mr. Wilson’s words come out of your own mouth. Readings are monthly at August Wilson House on Saturdays, 2 pm: Nov. 18 “Two Trains Running”; Dec. 17 “Seven Guitars”; Jan. 21 “King Hedley II”; Feb. 18 “Gem of the Ocean”; March 18 “Radio Golf.”
ACTORS TALK AUGUST:
Since 2020, AWH has done Zoom interviews with dozens of actors and directors, national and regional, such as Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Wali Jamal, Montae Russell, Phylicia Rashad, Kenny Leon, Mark Southers, Russell Hornsby, etc. New interviews usually appear the first and third Monday of each month at 8:15 pm. Coming Nov. 20 is Pittsburgh favorite Ben Cain, then in December and January are Brandon Dirden and Wendell Pierce. Old interviews are still viewable. Find schedule at https://www.crowdcast.io/@city-of-asylum.