The Nice-Nasty Politics of Fragmenting August Wilson's Legacy

Ndounou, Monica White
August 2008
New England Theatre Journal;2008, Vol. 19a, p7
Academic Journal
Popular voices and scholars determined to define August Wilson's legacy exclusively in terms of his playwriting mislead those unfamiliar with his work by depoliticizing his legacy as playwright and activist in African American and American theatre. This article examines the event that inspired this analysis of the Wilson-Lloyd Richards's formula and his conflict with Robert Brustein in order to promote Wilson's quest to live art and life "seamlessly" as a necessary model for preserving his legacy.


Related Articles

  • Race, art and inclusion. Brustein, Robert; Bellamy, Lou // American Theatre;Nov96, Vol. 13 Issue 9, p63 

    Focuses on the rift between theater directors August Wilson and Robert Brustein. Reputations; Philosophies; Career histories; Works.

  • Culture Wars. Ambush, Benny Sato // African American Review;Winter97, Vol. 31 Issue 4, p579 

    Focuses on the debate between playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson and scholar Robert Brustein over issues related to Afro-American theater. Controversy arising from Wilson's call for unity among Afro-American playwrights, intellectuals and artists; Wilson's views on race, culture,...

  • Alliances Across the Margins. Joseph, May // African American Review;Winter97, Vol. 31 Issue 4, p595 

    Focuses on the debate between playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson and scholar Robert Brustein over issues concerning Afro-American theater. Cultural reparation, cultural sovereignty and the struggle for empowerment that continues for black people within well-funded theater...

  • The Challenge of Change. McCord, Keryl E. // African American Review;Winter97, Vol. 31 Issue 4, p601 

    Discusses the issues and challenges of Afro-American theater. Debate between playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson and scholar Robert Brustein over the state of black theater in the United States; Institutional racism and discrimination in the theater community; Barriers to success...

  • Legit reviews. Evans, Greg // Variety;2/3/97, Vol. 366 Issue 1, p56 

    Reviews the debate between August Wilson and Robert Brustein `On Cultural Power: The Wilson-Brustein Discussion,' moderated by Anna Deavere Smith.

  • And in this corner... Kroll, Jack // Newsweek;2/10/1997, Vol. 129 Issue 6, p65 

    Assesses a 1997 debate between black playwright August Wilson, and drama critic Robert Brustein in New York Town Hall. Their ongoing battle in print since June 1996; Questions of racial and cultural identity as being at the heart of their dispute; Their weakest moments during the debate.

  • August Wilson, Robert Brustein debate survival of Black... Allen, Joan H. // New York Amsterdam News;02/08/97, Vol. 88 Issue 6, p21 

    Focuses on some of the issues addressed by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, August Wilson and Robert Brustein at the Theatre Communications Group's presentation entitled `On Cultural Power: The August Wilson/Robert Brustein Discussion.' Examination of culture and politics in Black theater.

  • On listening. Johann, Susan // American Theatre;Apr96, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p22 

    Presents an interview with American playwright, August Wilson. Reason for starting out on poetry; Effect of fellowship from the Playwrights' Center; Impact of the two Pulitzer Prizes on Wilson's life.

  • Wilson brings back unruly Hedley. Toomer, Jeanette // New York Amsterdam News;04/19/2001, Vol. 92 Issue 16, p25 

    Features playwright August Wilson. Career background; Persons who affected Wilson's career.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics