American Masters (2015 Season) – August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand

Film Interviewees

Air date: 02/20/2015

American Masters — August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand

 

Premieres nationwide Friday, February 20, 9-10:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) in honor of the 70th anniversary of Wilson’s birth, 10th anniversary of his death and Black History Month

 

 

Film Interviewees

(in alphabetical order)

 

Dwight Andrews, music direction for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Fences, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone; music and musical direction on Gem of the Ocean and numerous plays; officiate at August Wilson’s funeral

 

Lou Bellamy, met August Wilson when he moved to St. Paul, Minn., and acted in and directed a number of his early works; directed and acted in numerous productions of Wilson’s American Century Cycle including Fences, Two Trains Running and Radio Golf

 

Robert Brustein, dean of Yale School of Drama (1966-1979); founded the Yale Reparatory Theatre in 1966; theatre critic

 

Julia Burley, friend of August Wilson’s mother; Charley Burley’s widow

 

Rocky Carroll, actor, played Lymon in original Broadway production of The Piano Lesson and originated the role of Harmon in Radio Golf

 

Anthony Chisholm, actor, played Wolf in the original Broadway production of Two Trains Running, Fielding in the original production of Jitney and Elder Barlow in original Broadway cast of Radio Golf

 

Viola Davis, actor, played Vera in original Broadway productions of Seven Guitars and King Hedley II

 

Charles Dutton, actor, played Levee in the original Broadway production and revival of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Boy Willie in original Broadway and Hallmark Hall of Fame productions of The Piano Lesson, originated the role of Harold Loomis in Joe Turner’s

Come and Gone

 

Dr. Harry Elam, Freeman-Thornton Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Olive H. Palmer Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Drama, and Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford University; scholar

 

Freda Ellis, August Wilson’s sister

 

Kimberly Ellis, August Wilson’s niece and Freda Ellis’ daughter

 

Paul Ellis, August Wilson’s nephew and Freda Ellis’ son

 

Laurence Fishburne, actor, played Sterling in the original production of Two Trains Running

 

Samuel Freedman, The New York Times columnist; August Wilson’s friend

 

Laurence Glasco, Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh

 

Paul Carter Harrison, director and scholar

 

Stephen McKinley Henderson, actor, played Turnbo in the original production of Jitney and Stoolpigeon in the original Broadway production King Hedley II

 

James Earl Jones, actor, played Troy in the original Broadway production of Fences

 

Ella Joyce, actor, played Risa in the Yale and regional theatre productions of Two Trains Running

 

Todd Kreidler, August Wilson’s long-time assistant; co-writer and director of How I Learned What I Learned

 

Marion McClinton, August Wilson’s friend from St. Paul, Minn., director of the original production of Jitney and the original Broadway production of King Hedley II

Epatha Merkerson, actor, played Bernice in the original Broadway production of The Piano Lesson

 

Suzan-Lori Parks, Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright and screenwriter

 

William Partlan, directed Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Fences at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Conference

 

Phylicia Rashad, actor, played Aunt Ester in the original Broadway production of Gem of the Ocean

 

Christopher Rawson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Theater Critic

 

Frank Rich, former theatre critic

 

Constanza Romero, August Wilson’s widow and costume designer; designed costumes for The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Gem of the Ocean and How I Learned What I Learned

 

Amy Saltz, directed Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Seven Guitars at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center

 

Ruben Santiago-Hudson, actor, played Canewell in the original Broadway production of Seven Guitars and Citizen in Gem of the Ocean

 

Sandra Shannon, Ph.D., August Wilson scholar and author

 

Michele Shay, actor, played Louise in Seven Guitars

 

Jacqui Shoholm Purdy, Claude Purdy’s widow and August Wilson’s friend from St. Paul, Minn.

 

Sala Udin, August Wilson’s childhood friend; part of the Kuntu Repertory Theatre; activist

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