SAG Awards

'Fences' playwright August Wilson set the stage for great theatrical moments — including a very personal one

'Fences' playwright August Wilson set the stage for great theatrical moments — including a very personal one

Stephen McKinley Henderson was cast by playwright August Wilson in several plays in Wilson’s American Century Cycle, a 10-play series that won two Pulitzer Prizes. Here, the SAG Awards cast in a motion picture nominee pays tribute to the “Fences” writer, who died in 2005.

Were a sculptor to undertake a Mt. Rushmore of celebrated American playwrights, August Wilson’s image is assured a place of prominence. One reason is the distinction of having received a Pulitzer Prize for drama before he’d received a high school diploma; he didn’t drop out of school exactly, he just stopped going there. He kept schooling himself. Eventually, he was...

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