Black Theatre into the Mainstream

  • Holly Hill


Like Athena springing from the head of Zeus, playwright August Wilson burst upon the New York theatre scene in the fall of 1984 with his first Broadway drama, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. By the spring of 1988, there had been three Wilson plays on Broadway — Ma Rainey, Fences (1987) and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1988) — and each had won the New York Drama Critics Prize for Best Play of the Year. Fences also took the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award — the first work ever to win all five Best Play prizes.


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