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LA Applauds August Wilson

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This Sunday, LA's theatre community--the companies, actors, supporters and fans--are hosting Applause for August Wilson, a tribute event for the playwright who passed away on October 2 at the age of 60. The brief, one hour long event will conclude with each of the titles of Wilson's "decade" plays (including Fences, The Piano Lesson, and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom) will be called-out, one at a time, followed by the audience giving Wilson and his plays 1 full-minute of grateful applause, for a total of 10 minutes. Scheduled participants include the African Grove Institute for the Arts (California Chapter), Center Theatre Group, League of Allied Arts Corporation, Robey Theatre Company, and the Towne Street Theatre. The tribute aims to be simple, solemn, and timely, and a chance for the community to gather to honor the life of a playwright who dedicated his life's work to chrnonicling the African-American experience in the twentieth century. In New York City, Broadway's Virginia Theatre will be renamed for Wilson, and further tributes for the Los Angeles area are in the works.

Applause for August Wilson
Sunday October 16th, Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Music Center of Los Angeles County (On the plaza near the Mark Taper Forum)
135 North Grand Avenue
For more info: (323) 731-3374

Photo: Michael Romanos from the Arts in America