Letter #2 – Proposed weekly schedule

Greetings, all.

Thanks to all who have reached out to me in response to last week’s letter.
Here is the proposed schedule:

Week 1:  March 4, 2021 – Introductions and Jitney (1979)
Week 2:  March 11, 2021 – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (1982)
Week 3:  March 18, 2021 – Fences (1984)
Week 4:  March 25, 2021 – Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1984)
Week 5:  April 1, 2021 – The Piano Lesson (1986)
Week 6:  April 8, 2021 – Two Trains Running (1990)
Week 7: April 15, 2021 – Seven Guitars (1995)
Week 8:  April 22, 2021 – King Hedley II (1991)
Week 9: April 29, 2021 –  Gem of the Ocean (2003)
Week 10:  May 6, 2021 – Radio Golf (2005) and conclusion.
Week 11: May 13, 2021. Wrap-ups (optional and if necessary).

Here are the links to the first two plays. Sorry these are the only ones I have found so far.
https://augustwilsonstudygroup.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/jitney.pdf

https://augustwilsonstudygroup.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/ma-rainey-_1_.pdf
I suspect these exist in violation of copyright laws. “For educational purposes only” is the work around.

The Lahr New Yorker article from 2001 is quite comprehensive and a worthwhile read, particularly at the beginning of the Wilson journey.  I am attaching it below.

Early next week I will dispatch some readings that are particularly relevant to the first week’s play, Jitney, along with some thoughts about how we may want to structure the group discussions for maximum utility.

Enjoy!

Ray
p.s. I have some fresh ideas for Jitney that I am very excited about!