“Have a belief in yourself that is bigger than anyone’s disbelief.”-August Wilson, American Playwright

Playwright, August Wilson’s quote is just right for “Simple Saturday” and he proved that his belief in himself outdid anyone’s doubt.Gone too soon from this life, August Wilson lives on in his characters and the insightful, heart-wrenching plays he wrote. He was only 60 years old when he died in 2005 leaving behind timeless words and a timeless body of work such as: Fences(Pulitzer Prize & Tony Award, NY Drama Circle Critics’ Award), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson (Pulitzer Prize), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and other plays. “In his work, Mr. Wilson depicted the struggles of black Americans with uncommon lyrical richness, theatrical density and emotional heft, in plays that gave vivid voices to people on the frayed margins of life: cabdrivers and maids, garbagemen and side men and petty criminals. In bringing to the popular American stage the gritty specifics of the lives of his poor, trouble-plagued and sometimes powerfully embittered black characters, Mr. Wilson also described universal truths about the struggle for dignity, love, security and happiness in the face of often overwhelming obstacles.”-Charles Isherwood, NY Times, 2005

August Wilson would’ve been 68 years old today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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