Reports: August Wilson Center in trouble, lays off some staff

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburgh has laid off some staff members as it struggles with debt and revenue problems.

Aaron Walton, president of the board of directors, confirmed the layoffs but didn’t provide details.

Mark Clayton Southers, who coordinated theater programming for the center, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Friday was his last day.

Sala Udin and Oliver W. Byrd are listed on the center’s website as interim co-directors. But Udin told the Post-Gazette that he has not been in that role since mid-April.

The downtown nonprofit center is named for the late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, who was born in Pittsburgh. It opened in September 2009 after years on the drawing board.

Editors Note: Will be updated.

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