Jitney opens September 24th!

Syllabus for August Wilson Study Group

Week 1 – Introduction to the American Century Cycle and the first play, Jitney

https://www.memphisflyer.com/memphis/jitney-is-august-wilsons-underappreciated-masterpiece/Content?oid=12932362. Accessed August 24, 2018

TheaterTalk (Tony-award winning cast): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zfe8tRYKzdQ. Accessed August 24, 2018

NYTimes review of Jitney – Ben Brantley
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/19/theater/jitney-review-august-wilson.html?rref=collection%2Fbyline%2Fben-brantley&action=click&contentCollection=undefined&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=239&pgtype=collection. Accessed August 24, 2018

Short clip from Jitney: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=YUQ_6gXJnG0. Accessed August 24, 2018

History of the 70’s
https://www.thoughtco.com/african-american-history-timeline-1970-1979-45445. Accessed August 24, 2018

Background pieces on August Wilson
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/august-wilson-the-ground-on-which-i-stand-scenes-and-synposes-of-august-wilsons-10-play-cycle/3701/ . Accessed August 24, 2018

http://old.seattletimes.com/html/obituaries/2002536239_august03.html. Accessed August 24, 2018

Bill Moyers interview on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgjnNaMweBw. Accessed August 24, 2018

A You Tube playlist of excerpts from all the plays: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0Lvs-e_eIXast5sdFxGHzmb3wRMWVTMP Accessed August 24, 2018

The Light in August Wilson – Suzi-Lori Parks interview https://www.americantheatre.org/2005/11/01/the-light-in-august-wilson-a-career-a-century-a-lifetime/. Accessed August 24, 2018

Minnesota Public Radio interview: https://www.mprnews.org/listen?name=/minnesota/news/features/2016/12/23/augustwilson_archives_ek_20161223_64.mp3. Accessed August 24, 2018

Here is the link to the whole website from Minnesota Public Radio: 
https://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/23/archives-august-wilson-fences-film-lou-bellamy. Accessed August 24, 2018

Recommended Books:

Elkins, Marilyn (ed). August Wilson: A Casebook. From the series “Casebooks of Modern Dramatists.” Garland Publishers, Inc. 1994.

Nadal, Alan (ed). May All Your Fences Have Gates: Essays on the Drama of August Wilson. University of Iowa Press. 1994.

*Shannon, Sandra. The Dramatic Vision of August Wilson. Howard University Press. 1995

Bryer, Jackson and Hartig, Mary C. (eds). Conversations with August Wilson. University Press of Mississippi. 2006.

Nadal, Alan (ed). August Wilson: Completing the Twentieth- Century Cycle. University of Iowa Press. 2010.

*Temple, Riley. Aunt Ester’s Children Redeemed. Cascade Books. 2017.

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