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KIMBERLY ELLIS representing Wilson family.

KIMBERLY ELLIS representing Wilson family.

An American playwright best known for his unprecedented cycle of 10 plays that chronicle the 20th century African American experience, August Wilson, who passed on Oct. 2, 2005, name and work will always live on in the city of Pittsburgh; his hometown.

The 70th Birthday of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, was celebrated on April 25 at the Hill House Association Kaufman Center.

DEESHA  PHILYAW manager of August Wilson Education Projects WQED

DEESHA PHILYAW manager of August Wilson Education Projects WQED

During the course of the three-hour event, about 60-75 people attended. Attendees had the opportunity to interact with scholars, students, and family of August Wilson. Alexis Payne, a senior at Pittsburgh CAPA, was named the winner of the 11th Play Competition sponsored by WQED’s August Wilson Education Project, with her play entitled: “On Rayton.”

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