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August Wilson and The Great Migration

September 8, 2020 | Featuring Dr. Kenneth Warren and Professor Sandra Shannon

In this session, Dr. Kenneth Warren and Professor Sandra Shannon will discuss urbanization, migration, and property ownership in Pittsburgh’s Hill District as well as various theatrical trends that surface in August Wilson’s work. Participants will also learn about how Wilson's work was received and the way Wilson's play tackle issues of historical representation and cultural history. Mentioned in this session: Details about the August Wilson Society's September 24th event in its second annual August Wilson's Ground Lecture Series: August and Africa: https://awslectureseries2020.eventbrite.com Details about the August Wilson Society: http://augustwilsonsociety.org After purchase, you will be able to view a recording of this first session which occurred on September 8.

August Wilson and The Civil Rights Movement

September 15, 2020 | Featuring Dr. Kenneth Warren and Joel Rhone

In this session, Dr. Kenneth Warren and UChicago Doctoral student Joel Rhone will discuss the protest movements of the 1960s and 1970s in relation to August Wilson’s work. Also discussed will be the representational power of the family/familial struggle in Wilson’s plays and his nostalgia for the Civil Rights Movement in the 1980s and 1990s.

August Wilson, Genealogy, and Tradition

September 22, 2020 | Featuring Dr. Kenneth Warren and Professor Honey Crawford

In this session, Dr. Kenneth Warren and Professor Honey Crawford will expound on Wilson’s engagement with heteronormative leadership hierarchies of the Civil Rights Movement and address the representation of slavery, genealogy, and matriarchy in the plays of August Wilson. Additional discussion will concern the performance of African American vernacular speech and other cultural traditions in Wilson’s theatre and the social changes that sparked a renewed interest in African American folk culture in the 1980s and 1990s.

The Ground on Which I Stand

September 29, 2020 | Featuring Dr. Kenneth Warren and Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson

In this session, Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson and Dr. Kenneth Warren will explore Wilson’s simultaneous commitments to Western and African traditions and Wilson’s push for a “black theatre” in the speech “The Ground on Which I Stand.” Participants will also learn more about the influences on Wilson from the Black Arts/Black Power movement and contemporary artists who would identify Wilson as an influence.

About the Scholars and Artists

Dr. Kenneth Warren's scholarship and teaching focuses on American and African American literature from the late nineteenth century through the middle of the twentieth century. Professor Warren is particularly interested in the way that debates about literary form and genre articulate with discussions of political and social change. His single-authored books, which include What Was African American Literature? (Harvard 2010), So Black and Blue: Ralph Ellison and the Occasion of Criticism (Chicago, 2003), and Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism (Chicago, 1993), explore how American literature by black and white writers helped consolidate, and subsequently responded to, Jim Crow America. Professor Warren is also a coeditor of two books, Renewing Black Intellectual History: The Material and Ideological Foundations of African America Thought (Paradigm 2010) and Jim Crow, Literature, and the Legacy of Sutton E. Griggs (Georgia 2013). His articles have also appeared in Boston ReviewThe Los Angeles Review of Books, and Jacobin. At the University of Chicago, the various courses he teaches reflect his interest in genre, the politics of race, and the relation of culture to politics. Dr. Sandra G. Shannon is Professor of African American Literature in the Department of English at Howard University. She is a leading scholar on the works of playwright August Wilson with titles such as The Dramatic Vision of August Wilson and August Wilson's Fences: A Reference Guide to her credit. She coedited the essay collection August Wilson and Black Aesthetic and is completing her work as coeditor of the forthcoming MLA Approaches to Teaching series volume Approaches to Teaching the Plays of August Wilson. Dr. Shannon has most recently published “An Intimate Look at Lynn Nottage,” which appeared along with an in-depth interview of the playwright in the collection, Contemporary African American Women Playwrights. She is also the author of “Women Playwrights Who Cross Cultural Borders,” which appears in the 2013 edition of The Cambridge Companion to African American Theatre. Dr. Shannon is currently part of an NEH award-winning team that will produce the PBS American Masters documentary on August Wilson set to air in 2014. She was recently named a Fulbright Specialist and has since won a grant from the U. S. State Department to travel to Botswana to do archival research on the written correspondences of the country’s most influential writer, the late Bessie Head. Dr. Shannon has recently accepted the editorship of the College Language Association Journal. Honey Crawford’s research interests include global feminisms, critical race theory, public spectacle, and protest. She specializes in Afro Brazilian cultural performance as both a scholar and practitioner, exploring intersections between ritual performance and self-making through a repertoire that includes carnival, media activism, radical theatre, and the performance of everyday life. She earned her PhD in theatre studies from Cornell University in 2017 where she was also a New York Public Humanities Fellow. Honey is currently developing her dissertation into her book manuscript, Negra Demais! Overwhelming Performances of Afro Brazilian Femininity. This project takes an interdisciplinary approach, positioning women-driven spectacles of black consciousness in the 20th- 21st century against prevalent discourse on the black diaspora and performance studies. Paying close attention to theatrical traditions that press against the bounds of propriety and indulge in an aesthetic of abundance, this book identifies a preoccupation with the transgressive potential held in performances of black feminine power. Ron OJ Parson hails from Buffalo, New York and is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s professional theatre program. He is a Resident Artist at Court Theatre,  former co-founder and artistic director of the Onyx Theatre Ensemble, and co-founder of the Beyond the Stage Theatre Project. Ron is a company member of TimeLine Theatre, and associate artist at Writers Theatre and Teatro Vista. Court Theatre: FencesGem of the Ocean, Seven GuitarsMa Rainey’s Black BottomThe Piano Lessonand Jitney by August Wilson; The Mountaintop by Katori Hall; Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett; Sizwe Banzi is Dead by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona; Blues for an Alabama Sky and Flyin’ West by Pearl Cleage; Home by Samm-Art Williams; Wait Until Dark by Frederick Knott; The First Breeze of Summer by Leslie Lee; and the musical Five Guys Named Moe.  In Chicagoland, Ron has also worked with Black Ensemble Theatre, eta Creative Arts Foundation, Chicago Dramatists, Congo Square, Oak Park Theatre Festival, Goodman, Victory Gardens, Northlight, Chicago Dramatists, Urban Theater Company, Steppenwolf, and City Lit Theatre. Regional theatres include American Players Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Portland Stage (Maine), Studio Arena Theatre, Roundabout, Studio Theatre (DC), Baltimore Center Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Wilshire Theater, Coronet Theatre, The Mechanic Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, St. Louis Black Rep, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, Geva, Signature (New York), The Alliance Theatre, South Coast Rep, Kansas City Repertory, and Pasadena Playhouse. In Canada, Ron directed the world premiere of Palmer Park at the Stratford Festival. Ron is a member of SAG-AFTRA, SDC, and Actors Equity. Visit www.RonOJParson.com. Joel Rhone is a PhD student at the University of Chicago. Joel earned his BA from Howard University in 2016, and after winning the Marshall Scholarship he received an MA from the University of Manchester in 2017. His research interests include historical fiction, diaspora studies, and Black writers in exile. More broadly, he studies the performance of solidarity in African American letters. Joel was awarded honorable mention for the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship in 2019, and serves as an admissions assistant with UChicago GRAD.
Court’s Theatre & Thought series connects audiences to expert insights from University of Chicago faculty about the historical context, thematic relevance, and artistic possibilities surrounding classic works. Each Theatre & Thought topic will feature a different play and include virtual meetings with University scholars to discuss the ideas underpinning these classic texts.   Graham SchoolCourt’s remote, digital experiences are produced in partnership with the University of Chicago Graham School's Arts@Graham series.  

Photo of Jacqueline Williams and Tyla Abercrumbie in August Wilson's GEM OF THE OCEAN by Michael Brosilow.

Photo of August Wilson with Ron OJ Parson by Ray Baker.

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First performed around 441 - 442 B.C.E., it still enraptures audiences today with its exploration of pertinent themes like free will and civil disobedience. The play follows its titular character, the daughter of Oedipus, after the events of Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus. Antigone finds herself engaged to her cousin Haemon, and her father’s former kingdom now ruled by her uncle Creon. Where Creon was ambiguous in Oedipus, the unexplored sides of his character are brought forth as his tyrannical ways have caused Thebes to once again fall ill. After Oedipus’ sons, Polynices and Eteocles, kill each other in battle, Creon dictates that Eteocles will be given a proper hero’s burial but Polynices will not receive similar treatment. He orders all of Thebes that no one is allowed to perform funeral rites for his nephew, a ruling that Antigone rebels against. 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Divine law and judicial law clash as Antigone and Creon look to two different paths and must contend with the consequences of their decisions. At the time this play was first performed, Sophocles was one of the state treasurers in Athens and by then had experience as a general. Such personal life experiences perhaps were factors in his exploration of public and private duty in Antigone. While the impact of personal occupation on his works is conjecture, the struggles in his plays remain relevant to audiences of various backgrounds as they grapple with questions of agency and free will when faced with the pressing influence of social institutions. As for the historical context, the play was written during a period that was bookended by turmoil, from wars to revolts. Some consider the character of Creon to be loosely modeled on Pericles, an Athenian statesman involved in the formation of the Athenian empire. 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Set in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, at the height of the civil rights movement, a group of weary individuals downtrodden by infuriating social situations face an era of intense change. The Hill District was once a bustling, prosperous community, but was hit hard by significant economic decline in the 1960s. Within the play, seven characters engage in everyday dialogue about the political events of the time and recent events in the surrounding area, with particular attention given to the diner and the funeral parlor next door. Set in 1969, the play takes place during the rise of the Black Power Movement in the United States. Just a year before the play is set, Martin Luther King, Jr was assassinated and President Lyndon Johnson signed the second Civil Rights Act. Despite legal achievements, African Americans still did not experience the same rights or receive equal pay as whites. By thoughtfully examining the reactions of everyday citizens to the tumultuous changes of the time period, Wilson recontextualizes the history of the age on a more personal, nuanced level as he explores its effects on the often ignored individual. [caption id="attachment_14026" align="alignleft" width="300"] President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the second Civil Rights Act.[/caption] With respect to the hopes of the only female character in the play, the Civil Rights struggle had additional battles as well when it came to securing rights for black women. In 1969, activist Ella Baker gave a speech at the Institute of the Black World in Atlanta, throughout which she argued women formed the backbone of the movement. She also decried the idea that women were only background fixtures whose only purpose was to support the ego of men. Black feminist groups rose more prominently in the 1970s. Wilson was deeply invested in African American intellectual movements of the time, intrigued by the works of figures like Ralph Ellison and Langston Hughes. He was also interested in African American oral culture, an interest evident in his works. He was markedly influenced by occurrences in his personal life and the place he grew up. Originally performed at Yale Repertory Theatre in 1990, Two Trains Running premiered on Broadway in 1992, starring the likes of Laurence Fishburne, who won a Tony for his performance as Sterling, and Samuel L. Jackson. Wilson’s work was praised and won numerous awards, including the American Theatre Critics Award.
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I am thrilled to be embarking on The Gospel at Colonus, a work I’ve been passionate about bringing to the stage for most of my life. By connecting with a host of South Side voices as part of the artistic process, we welcome a new chapter in Court’s approach to the classic canon.
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