King Hedley II

ISBN-10: 155936260X
ISBN-13: 9781559362603
Edition: 2005
Authors: August Wilson
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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

"Wilson's melody here is the mournful sound of what might have been, a blues-tinged tale about a driven, almost demonic man. He's a petty thief named King who will stop at nothing for a better life. . . . "King Hedley is a big play, filled with big emotions and big speeches. These aria-like monologues are rich in humor, heartbreak and the astonishing details that go into creating real people. With his latest arrival on Broadway, Wilson only has the first and last decades of the twentieth century to chronicle-it's been quite a journey. "King Hedley will only add to that towering achievement."-Michael Kuchwara, "Associated Press "What makes Wilson America's greatest living playwright-aside from his gift for dialogue, which blends searing poetry with uncompromising realism-is the bracing humanism with which he provides insight into the struggles and aspirations of all individuals."-Elysa Gardner, "USA Today "King Hedley II is the eighth work in playwright August Wilson's 10-play cycle chronicling the history of the African American experience in each decade of the twentieth century. It's set in 1985 and tells the story of an ex-con in post-Reagan Pittsburgh trying to rebuild his life. Many critics have hailed the work as a haunting and challenging tragedy of Shakespearean proportions. August Wilson is the most influential and successful African American playwright writing today. He is the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Fences, "The Piano Lesson, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, "Joe Turner's Come and Gone, "Seven Guitars, "Two Trains Running and "Jitney. His plays have been produced all over the world, as well as on Broadway.

Playwright August Wilson was born on April 27, 1945 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His experiences of living in a primarily black community and then being the only black student in his class at a Roman Catholic high school would inform his dramatic writings. He dropped out of school at the age of 15 and continued his education on his own. Wilson wrote a ten play cycle that chronicles each decade of the black experience in the 20th century. Each of his plays focuses on what he perceived as the largest issue to confront African-Americans in that decade. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Fences and Piano Lesson, the best play Tony Award for Fences, and seven New York Drama Critics' Circle awards. He also received the Whiting Foundation Award, the American Theatre Critics Award, the 1999 National Humanities Medal awarded by the President, and numerous honorary degrees. He died of liver cancer on October 2, 2005 at the age of 60.

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