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The Man Who Transformed American Theater: August Wilson--His Life and Plays

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ClassGraphic Step into the tapestry of the African-American experience during the tumultuous 20th century through the captivating lens of dramatist August Wilson, a luminary who has reshaped the landscape of American drama over the last five decades. In this immersive study group, we will learn about his life and creative evolution through various sources and materials written both by and about Wilson. The Goodman Theatre in Chicago is an esteemed OLLI partner and is the first theater to have produced all 10 of Wilson's "cycle" plays. We will read and discuss four of Wilson's epoch plays: Joe Turner's Come and Gone (1910s), Fences (1950s), Two Trains Running (1960s), and Radio Golf (1990s). These theatrical masterpieces not only give voice to long-overlooked themes but also stand as a testament to the transformative power of storytelling. As a highlight, the study group will have an event evening which will include dinner, attendance at the Goodman’s new production of Joe Turner's Come and Gone, and discussion of the play with one or more of the Goodman's creative directors. Join us on this exciting odyssey that promises both enjoyment and challenge, to learn about the life and plays of the unparalleled August Wilson, a true maestro of American drama.


Class Details

14 Session(s)
Weekly - Thu

Virtual - Any Location

MultipleInstructor :
1.Sarah Vanderwicken2.Geneva Norman3.James Roselle 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/7/2024 - 6/6/2024 Weekly - Thu 01:15 PM - 03:15 PM N/A, Virtual - Any Location  Map James Roselle  ; Geneva Norman  ; Sarah Vanderwicken 
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