‘FENCES’ CAST (Photos by Gail Manker)

‘FENCES’ CAST (Photos by Gail Manker)

In the almost-decade since his mentor’s untimely death, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company founder Mark Clayton Southers could not have known that he would be producing “Fences” a second time during the year of August Wilson’s 70th birthday.

That birthday was noted in Pittsburgh, Wilson’s ground-zero. The past year ended with an assured immediate future for the August Wilson Center for African American Center. The year began with continuing outreach via the 2014-2015 August Wilson Educational Project; WQED’s special screening of its locally-incubated and co-produced “The Ground on Which I Stand” documentary shown on PBS’s “American Masters,” which including a panel featuring Phylicia Rashad!, in the AWC.

MARK CLAYTON SOUTHERS

MARK CLAYTON SOUTHERS

That was followed Pittsburgh debut of “How I Learned What I Learned,” a one-man theatrical memoir written by Wilson and the annual August Wilson Monologue Competition continued uninterrupted. With last month’s “August Wilson’s Women,” the Hill District Bard was celebrated in a composite ode to the women in Pittsburgh Cycle.

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