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August Wilson's celebrated 10-play cycle captures 100 years of African American life during each decade of the 20th century. The cycle begins in the early 1900s, when wounds from slavery and the Civil War were still fresh, and closes in the 1990s, when even a large and increasingly influential black middle class would not escape persistent racial tensions. 

In the fall of 2013, close to 100 theater artists from across the globe convened at The Greene Space at WNYC in Lower Manhattan to record, for the very first time, all 10 plays in August Wilson’s American Century Cycle – a magnum opus in the American theater. Dr. Indira Etwaroo, Executive Producer, in partnership with the August Wilson Estate, led by Constanza Romero, Wilson's widow, brought together many longtime Wilson collaborators and interpreters, including Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, the project's Artistic Director, and Associate Director and Tony Award-nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson.

Experience a Great American Master

Week by week, beginning Sunday, April 26, 2015 with the first two plays, The Greene Space will release audio of a live recorded dramatic reading – decade-by-decade – of August Wilson's American Century Cycle, as well as video and photographs. Check back here each Sunday to experience, for a limited time, the next play in the cycle. Audio will only be available through August 26, 2015.

Recently in August Wilson's American Century Cycle

11 Things You Should Know About August Wilson

Monday, August 12, 2013

We're gearing up to celebrate the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's work and legacy in our historic reading and recording series. But first, here's what you really need to know about him.

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My First August Wilson Play...

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Cast members and directors in our August Wilson recording series share what their first experience with the playwright's words, characters and stories meant to them.

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Photos: August Wilson's American Century Cycle Launch

Friday, August 09, 2013

View photos from the star-studded launch of August Wilson's American Century Cycle.


Connections: Author Isabel Wilkerson on the Great Migration

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

August Wilson's Century Cycle examines the Great Migration of African Americans from the South. Watch author Isabel Wilkerson on what she finds the most inspiring aspect of that exodus.


August Wilson's American Century Cycle

Monday, July 01, 2013

August Wilson's celebrated 10-play cycle captures 100 years of African American life during each decade of the 20th century. Join us for an historic series in The Greene Space as an extraordinary cast of actors and directors — many who worked directly with Wilson — gather to make the first-ever recording of all ten plays.

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