- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 21, 2007

The son of a baker and a cleaning woman, playwright August Wilson (1945-2005) came from humble beginnings; yet, he established a golden reputation through his epic 10-play cycle about the black experience in 20th century America. Recognized both for his well-crafted writing and adeptness at expressing and exploring the complexity of race, Mr. Wilson earned two Pulitzer Prizes, a Tony Award for best play (“Fences”), and dozens of other honors. Tonight, Ford’s Theatre will hold a free panel discussion about the artist in conjunction with the current run there of his work “Jitney” (playing through Feb. 18 and featuring the African Continuum Theatre Company). Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the program beginning at 7 p.m. at 511 10th Street NW. For more details on this event and a schedule of “Jitney” performances, call 202/347-4833 or log onto www.fordstheatre.org.

— Jenny Mayo

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