August Wilson

August Wilson

Playwright, Two Trains Running

At OSF: Fences (2009, 1991 OSF Portland); Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1993); Seven Guitars (1999); The Piano Lesson (2003); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2005); Gem of the Ocean (2007). 

Other Plays: Jitney, King Hedley II, Radio Golf

Awards: Pulitzer Prizes for Fences (1987) and The Piano Lesson (1990); nine nominations for the Tony Award Best Play; one Best Play Tony awarded for Fences (1987); Britain’s Olivier Award for Jitney; seven New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Fences, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running, Seven Guitars and Jitney. Rockefeller and Guggenheim Fellowships in Playwriting, the Whiting Writers Award, a 1999 National Humanities Medal, numerous honorary degrees from colleges and universities. Wilson was an alumnus of the New Dramatists, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1995.