August Wilsons King Hedley Ii

Download August Wilsons King Hedley Ii ebook PDF or Read Online books in PDF, EPUB, and Mobi Format. Click Download or Read Online button to August Wilsons King Hedley Ii book pdf for free now.

King Hedley Ii

Author : August Wilson
ISBN : 155936260X
Genre : Drama
File Size : 79.53 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 528
Read : 834

The eighth work in playwright August Wilson's ten-play cycle chronicling the history of the African-American experience in each decade of the 20th century, "King Hedley II" is set in 1985 and tells the story of an ex-con in post-Reagan Pittsburgh trying to rebuild his life.
Category: Drama

August Wilson S King Hedley Ii

Author : August Wilson
ISBN : 0573704759
Genre : Drama
File Size : 82.13 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 755
Read : 248

Finalist! 2000 Pulitzer Prize in Drama Peddling stolen refrigerators in the feeble hope of making enough money to open a video store, King Hedley, a man whose self worth is built on self delusion, is scraping in the dirt of an urban backyard trying to plant seeds where nothing will grow. Getting, spending, killing and dying in a world where getting is hard and killing is commonplace are threads woven into this 1980's installment in the author's renowned cycle of plays about the black experience in America. Drawing on characters established in "Seven Guitars, King Hedley II" shows the shadows of the past reaching into the present as King seeks retribution for a lie perpetrated by his mother regarding the identity of his father.
Category: Drama

Tragedy In The Hill District

Author : John Flor (Jack)
ISBN : OCLC:1196047709
Genre : African American dramatists
File Size : 74.30 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 153
Read : 947

"In his famous 1996 address at the Theater Communication Group's biennial conference at Princeton University titled "The Ground on Which I Stand" August Wilson attacked colorblind casting, stating that it is nothing more than a tool of Western imperialism. Three years later in 1999, Wilson published King Hedley II, a tragedy which traces the arc of the eponymous King as he struggles to a make a place for himself and his family within the urban wreck of deindustrialized Pittsburgh. Interestingly, this tragedy bears several poignant similarities to one of the seminal tragedies of the Western tradition: Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus. I contend that King Hedley II is a reception of Oedipus Tyrannus that August Wilson has pulled Sophocles' work through the millennia into the specific context of Pittsburgh's Hill district in 1985. The aims of this paper are twofold. First, I will unpack the ways in which August Wilson transforms Sophocles' tragedy and redefines the dramatic components of Oedipus Rex in a way that is aligned with his artistic vision. Second, I will be examining how this act of transformation is able to challenge the monolithic tradition of Western dramaturgy that Wilson both worked inside of and strove to escape. How, through an act of reception, Wilson destabilizes the privileged tradition of Western dramaturgy and claims equal ground for black theater in America. Wilson states that, "The term black or African American not only denotes race, it denotes condition, and carries with it the vestige of slavery and the social segregation and abuse of opportunity so vivid in our memory." If the term black or African American denotes condition, why is Sophocles' tragedy a site visited by Wilson to explore that condition? There is a tragedy occurring in the Hill district in 1985 equal of the tragedy in Thebes, complete with a plague, scarred heroes, wise prophets, brilliant and frustrated queens, and harrowing ritual sacrifice. Only, the tragedy in the Hill district is not put into motion by oracular prophecy, but by the smothering force of racism"--Author's abstract.
Category: African American dramatists

August Wilson

Author : Alan Nadel
ISBN : 9781587299353
Genre : Performing Arts
File Size : 56.13 MB
Format : PDF, Kindle
Download : 242
Read : 717

Just prior to his death in 2005, August Wilson, arguably the most important American playwright of the last quarter-century, completed an ambitious cycle of ten plays, each set in a different decade of the twentieth century. Known as the Twentieth-Century Cycle or the Pittsburgh Cycle, the plays, which portrayed the struggles of African-Americans, won two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama, a Tony Award for Best Play, and seven New York Drama Critics Circle Awards. August Wilson: Completing the Twentieth-Century Cycle is the first volume devoted to the last five plays of the cycle individually—Jitney,Seven Guitars, King Hedley II, Gem of the Ocean, and Radio Golf—and in the context of Wilson's entire body of work. Editor Alan Nadel's May All Your Fences Have Gates: Essays on the Drama of August Wilson, a work Henry Louis Gates called definitive, focused on the first five plays of Wilson's cycle. This new collection examines from myriad perspectives the way Wilson's final works give shape and focus to his complete dramatic opus. It contains an outstanding and diverse array of discussions from leading Wilson scholars and literary critics. Together, the essays in Nadel's two volumes give Wilson's work the breadth of analysis and understanding that this major figure of American drama merits. Contributors Herman Beavers Yvonne Chambers Soyica Diggs Colbert Harry J. Elam, Jr. Nathan Grant David LaCroix Barbara Lewis Alan Nadel Donald E. Pease Sandra Shannon Vivian Gist Spencer Anthony Stewart Steven C. Tracy Dana Williams Kimmika L. H. Williams-Witherspoon
Category: Performing Arts

Gale Researcher Guide For August Wilson Performing The African American Historical Cycle

Author : Mary L. Bogumil
ISBN : 9781535849098
Genre : Study Aids
File Size : 74.15 MB
Format : PDF, Kindle
Download : 952
Read : 1098

Gale Researcher Guide for: August Wilson: Performing the African American Historical Cycle is selected from Gale's academic platform Gale Researcher. These study guides provide peer-reviewed articles that allow students early success in finding scholarly materials and to gain the confidence and vocabulary needed to pursue deeper research.
Category: Study Aids

August Wilson

Author : Harold Bloom
ISBN : 9781604133936
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
File Size : 25.49 MB
Format : PDF
Download : 864
Read : 594

A research and study guide to four plays by August Wilson includes plot summaries, lists of characters, and critical views.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

August Wilson

Author : Mary Ellen Snodgrass
ISBN : 9781476605326
Genre : Literary Criticism
File Size : 83.49 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download : 474
Read : 596

Award-winning African-American playwright August Wilson created a cultural chronicle of black America through such works as Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Fences, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, and Two Trains Running. The authentic ring of wit, anecdote, homily, and plaint proved that a self-educated Pittsburgh ghetto native can grow into a revered conduit for a century of black achievement. He forced readers and audiences to examine the despair generated by poverty and racism by exploring African-American heritage and experiences over the course of the twentieth century. This literary companion provides the reader with a source of basic data and analysis of characters, dates, events, allusions, staging strategies and themes from the work of one of America’s finest playwrights. The text opens with an annotated chronology of Wilson’s life and works, followed by his family tree. Each of the 166 encyclopedic entries that make up the body of the work combines insights from a variety of sources along with generous citations; each concludes with a selected bibliography on such relevant subjects as the blues, Malcolm X, irony, roosters, and Gothic mode. Charts elucidate the genealogies of Wilson’s characters, the Charles, Hedley, and Maxson families, and account for weaknesses in Wilson’s female characters. Two appendices complete the generously cross-referenced work: a timeline of events in Wilson’s life and those of his characters, and a list of 40 topics for projects, composition, and oral analysis.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Theatre Of August Wilson

Author : Alan Nadel
ISBN : 9781472528322
Genre : Performing Arts
File Size : 76.62 MB
Format : PDF
Download : 893
Read : 162

The first comprehensive study of August Wilson's drama introduces the major themes and motifs that unite Wilson's ten-play cycle about African American life in each decade of the twentieth century. Framed by Wilson's life experiences and informed by his extensive interviews, this book provides fresh, coherent, detailed readings of each play, well-situated in the extant scholarship. It also provides an overview of the cycle as a whole, demonstrating how it comprises a compelling interrogation of American culture and historiography. Keenly aware of the musical paradigms informing Wilson's dramatic technique, Nadel shows how jazz and, particularly, the blues provide the structural mechanisms that allow Wilson to examine alternative notions of time, property, and law. Wilson's improvisational logics become crucial to expressing his notions of black identity and resituating the relationship of literal to figurative in the African American community. The final two chapters include contributions by scholars Harry J. Elam, Jr. and Donald E. Pease
Category: Performing Arts

The Ground On Which I Stand

Author : August Wilson
ISBN : 1854596284
Genre : African American theater
File Size : 49.1 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 386
Read : 1163

A passionate and controversial call for black cultural separatism, from the author of the Olivier award-winning Jitney and the Pulitzer Prize-winning King Hedley II. 'I believe that race matters - that it is the largest, most identifiable part of our personality... Cultural Imperialists view European culture as beyond reproach in its perfection. It is inconceivable to them that life could be lived without knowing Shakespeare or Mozart... The idea that blacks have their own way of responding to the world, their own values, style, linguistics, religion and aesthetics, is unacceptable to them... We reject any attempt to blot us out...' August Wilson August Wilson's The Ground on Which I Stand is published in the Nick Hern Books Dramatic Contexts series: important statements on the theatre by major figures in the theatre.
Category: African American theater

Jitney

Author : August Wilson
ISBN : 1854596489
Genre : African American neighborhoods
File Size : 44.17 MB
Format : PDF, Docs
Download : 119
Read : 461

Urban renewal threatens the dingy office of Becker's gypsy cab company, just as his estranged son returns.
Category: African American neighborhoods

August Wilson S Pittsburgh Cycle

Author : Sandra G. Shannon
ISBN : 9781476622996
Genre : Performing Arts
File Size : 90.57 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download : 228
Read : 192

Providing a detailed study of American playwright August Wilson (1945–2005), this collection of new essays explores the development of the author’s ethos across his twenty-five-year creative career—a process that transformed his life as he retraced the lives of his fellow “Africans in America.” While Wilson’s narratives of Pittsburgh and Chicago are microcosms of black life in America, they also reflect the psychological trauma of his disconnection with his biological father, his impassioned efforts to discover and reconnect with the blues, with Africa and with poet/activist Amiri Baraka, and his love for the vernacular of Pittsburgh.
Category: Performing Arts

The Past As Present In The Drama Of August Wilson

Author : Harry J. Elam
ISBN : 0472021842
Genre : Performing Arts
File Size : 62.75 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 775
Read : 836

Pulitzer-prizewinning playwright August Wilson, author of Fences, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, and The Piano Lesson, among other dramatic works, is one of the most well respected American playwrights on the contemporary stage. The founder of the Black Horizon Theater Company, his self-defined dramatic project is to review twentieth-century African American history by creating a play for each decade. Theater scholar and critic Harry J. Elam examines Wilson's published plays within the context of contemporary African American literature and in relation to concepts of memory and history, culture and resistance, race and representation. Elam finds that each of Wilson's plays recaptures narratives lost, ignored, or avoided to create a new experience of the past that questions the historical categories of race and the meanings of blackness. Harry J. Elam, Jr. is Professor of Drama at Stanford University and author of Taking It to the Streets: The Social Protest Theater of Luis Valdez and Amiri Baraka (The University of Michigan Press).
Category: Performing Arts

August Wilson S Fences

Author : Ladrica Menson-Furr
ISBN : 9781441168443
Genre : Performing Arts
File Size : 61.24 MB
Format : PDF, Docs
Download : 872
Read : 1144

Fences represents the decade of the 1950s, and, when it premiered in 1985, it won the Pulitzer Prize. Set during the beginnings of the civil rights movement, it also concerns generational change and renewal, ending with a celebration of the life of its protagonist, even though it takes place at his funeral. Critics and scholars have lauded August Wilson's work for its universality and its ability, especially in Fences, to transcend racial barriers and this play helped to earn him the titles of "America's greatest playwright" and "the African American Shakespeare."
Category: Performing Arts

Approaches To Teaching The Plays Of August Wilson

Author : Sandra G. Shannon
ISBN : 9781603292603
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
File Size : 64.10 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 818
Read : 1269

The award-winning playwright August Wilson used drama as a medium to write a history of twentieth-century America through the perspectives of its black citizenry. In the plays of his Pittsburgh Cycle, including the Pulitzer Prizeâ€"winning Fences and The Piano Lesson, Wilson mixes African spirituality with the realism of the American theater and puts African American storytelling and performance practices in dialogue with canonical writers like Aristotle and Shakespeare. As they portray black Americans living through migration, industrialization, and war, Wilson’s plays explore the relation between a unified black consciousness and America’s collective identity. In part 1 of this volume, “Materials,†the editors survey sources on Wilson’s biography, teachable texts of Wilson’s plays, useful secondary readings, and compelling audiovisual and Web resources. The essays in part 2, “Approaches,†look at a diverse set of issues in Wilson’s work, including the importance of blues and jazz, intertextual connections to other playwrights, race in performance, Yoruban spirituality, and the role of women in the plays.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Understanding August Wilson

Author : Mary L. Bogumil
ISBN : 1570039798
Genre : Drama
File Size : 72.42 MB
Format : PDF, ePub
Download : 319
Read : 696

August Wilson counts among America's greatest playwrights--having garnered commercial success on Broadway and critical acclaim including New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, Drama Desk Awards, Tony Awards, and two Pulitzer Prizes. This revised edition of Understanding August Wilson provides a comprehensive view of the thematic structure of Wilson's plays, the placement of his work within the context of American drama, and the distinctively African American experiences and traditions that he dramatizes. Mary L. Bogumil argues that Wilson gave voice to disfranchised and marginalized African Americans who were promised a stake in the American dream but find their access blocked. The author maintains that Wilson wished not only to portray the predicaments of African American life but also to shed light on the atavistic connection African Americans have to their African ancestors. Bogumil explains that the playwright's work both perpetuates and subverts the tradition of American drama in order to expose the distinct differences between white American and African American experiences. Included here are a revised introduction; revised chapters on Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Fences, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running, and Seven Guitars; and new chapters on King Hedley II, Jitney, Gem of the Ocean, and Radio Golf. In addition the volume contains material from interviews with seminal figures in Wilson's personal and professional life: dramaturg Todd Kriedler; Penumbra Theater's co-founder and director Lou Bellamy; and Wilson's friend of forty years, late poet Chawley P. Williams.
Category: Drama

How I Learned What I Learned

Author : August Wilson
ISBN : 1559365854
Genre : Drama
File Size : 48.82 MB
Format : PDF, ePub
Download : 178
Read : 505

August Wilson's extraordinary memory play about his early life in Pittsburgh.
Category: Drama

Seven Guitars

Author : August Wilson
ISBN : PSU:000062568548
Genre : Drama
File Size : 90.36 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 766
Read : 500

The fifth play of Wilson's Century Cycle, set in 1948.
Category: Drama

The Devil S Playground

Author : James Traub
ISBN : 0307432130
Genre : History
File Size : 59.28 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 854
Read : 693

As Times Square turns 100, New York Times Magazine contributing writer James Traub tells the story of how this mercurial district became one of the most famous and exciting places in the world. The Devil’s Playground is classic and colorful American history, from the first years of the twentieth century through the Runyonesque heyday of nightclubs and theaters in the 1920s and ’30s, to the district’s decline in the 1960s and its glittering corporate revival in the 1990s. First, Traub gives us the great impresarios, wits, tunesmiths, newspaper columnists, and nocturnal creatures who shaped Times Square over the century since the place first got its name: Oscar Hammerstein, Florenz Ziegfeld, George S. Kaufman, Damon Runyon, Walter Winchell, and “the Queen of the Nightclubs,” Texas Guinan; bards like A. J. Liebling, Joe Mitchell, and the Beats, who celebrated the drug dealers and pimps of 42nd Street. He describes Times Square’s notorious collapse into pathology and the fierce debates over how best to restore it to life. Traub then goes on to scrutinize today’s Times Square as no author has yet done. He writes about the new 42nd Street, the giant Toys “R” Us store with its flashing Ferris wheel, the new world of corporate theater, and the sex shops trying to leave their history behind. More than sixty years ago, Liebling called Times Square “the heart of the world”—not just the center of the world, though this crossroads in Midtown Manhattan was indeed that, but its heart. From the dawn of the twentieth century through the 1950s, Times Square was the whirling dynamo of American popular culture and, increasingly, an urban sanctuary for the eccentric and the untamed. The name itself became emblematic of the tremendous life force of cities everywhere. Today, Times Square is once again an awe-inspiring place, but the dark and strange corners have been filled with blazing light. The most famous street character on Broadway, “the Naked Cowboy,” has his own website, and Toys “R” Us calls its flagship store in Times Square “the toy center of the universe.” For the giant entertainment corporations that have moved to this safe, clean, and self-consciously gaudy spot, Times Square is still very much the center of the world. But is it still the heart? From the Hardcover edition.
Category: History

The Methuen Drama Guide To Contemporary American Playwrights

Author :
ISBN : 9781408134801
Genre : Literary Criticism
File Size : 54.79 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 825
Read : 1125

The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights is an authoritative single-volume guide to the work of twenty-five American playwrights from the second half of the twentieth century, written by a team of twenty-five eminent scholars from the United States, Canada, Britain, Germany and Ireland contributing individual studies to the work of each playwright. Each of the twenty-five chapters provides: a biographical introduction to the playwright and their work; a survey and concise analysis of each of the writer's published plays; a discussion of their style, dramaturgical concerns and the critical reception; and a full bibliography of published plays, listing of premieres and a select list of critical works. Among the many Tony, Obie and Pulitzer prize-winning playwrights included are Sam Shepard, Tony Kushner, Suzan-Lori Parks, August Wilson, Paula Vogel, Tracey Letts and Neil LaBute, besides many more. Unrivalled in its coverage of recent work and writers, this collection surveys and analyses the breadth, vitality and development of theatrical work to emerge from America over the last fifty years.
Category: Literary Criticism

A Companion To Twentieth Century American Drama

Author : David Krasner
ISBN : 9781405137348
Genre : Literary Criticism
File Size : 36.92 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 996
Read : 220

This Companion provides an original and authoritative surveyof twentieth-century American drama studies, written by some of thebest scholars and critics in the field. Balances consideration of canonical material with discussion ofworks by previously marginalized playwrights Includes studies of leading dramatists, such as TennesseeWilliams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O'Neill and Gertrude Stein Allows readers to make new links between particular plays andplaywrights Examines the movements that framed the century, such as theHarlem Renaissance, lesbian and gay drama, and the soloperformances of the 1980s and 1990s Situates American drama within larger discussions aboutAmerican ideas and culture
Category: Literary Criticism