Los Angeles Times/Genaro Molina
October 7, 2005
Playwright August Wilson, Oct. 2
August Wilson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who sought to distill virtually the entire African-American experience in a cycle of earthy, poetic and spiritually questing dramas, died in Seattle on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2005. He was 60. Wilson's life ended shortly after he completed writing 10 interconnected plays about the African American experience in the United States. Each play is set in a different decade of the 20th century. The final work in the cycle, Radio Golf, premiered last spring at the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven and played late summer at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Two of Wilson's plays, Fences and The Piano Lesson, won Pulitzer Prizes -- in 1987 and 1990, respectively.