The University of Pittsburgh has acquired the archive of the late playwright and Pittsburgh native son August Wilson, a trove that contains recordings, letters, artwork, poetry, unpublished work and notebooks.
The August Wilson Archive will reside in a state-of-the-art home in Hillman Library's renovated Archives & Special Collections, the university said Thursday. "This archive deftly puts the experiences of Black Americans beneath an intimate magnifying glass and unpacks themes of injustice and inequity that are just as relevant today as when Wilson's first play debuted," Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said.
Wilson died in October 2005 at age 60. He is renowned for the characters he put on stage in an ambitious 10-play cycle, nine of them set in Pittsburgh, that recounted the struggle of Black Americans. He won two Pulitzers and a Tony.
Denzel Washington has vowed to produce the Wilson canon for the screen, and recently starred in "Fences." Next up in December is "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," directed by Tony-winner George C. Wolfe and adapted by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. The cast includes Viola Davis in the title role, alongside Colman Domingo, Michael Potts, Glynn Turman and Chadwick Boseman, who died in August.
Wilson, Ciara fund charter school
Football star Russell Wilson and Grammy-winning performer Ciara are the latest wealthy philanthropists to back a charter school — though the celebrity couple say they're not focused on the politically charged school choice issue and undeterred by challenges that have plagued Washington state's charter sector. Through their Why Not You Foundation, Wilson and Ciara are contributing about $1.75 million to rebrand a charter program known as Cascade Midway Academy, south of Seattle. It focuses on academics, personalized student plans and internships and mentorships for underserved Black and brown students.
Delayed: A British judge on Thursday granted a request by the Duchess of Sussex to postpone the trial of her invasion of privacy lawsuit against the publisher of a British newspaper. Judge Mark Warby granted the application to delay the trial for about nine months.