The Ground on Which He Stood

Playwright August Wilson stood before an audience at the Theatre
Communications Group National Conference (June 1996) and declared: “I am what is known, at least among the followers and supporters of the
ideas of Marcus Garvey, as a ‘race man.’ That is simply that I believe that race matters—that it is the largest, most identifiable and most important part of our personality.”

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Standing Up

August Wilson had a special
relationship with Chicago–
including a one-of-a-kind
collaboration with longtime
Goodman Resident Director
Chuck Smith. As he prepares to
direct what he considers the
most important work in the
10-play Century Cycle, Mr.
Smith opens up about his time
spent with the Pulitzer Prizewinning playwright.

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