American Masters teams up with Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns to co-produce a new documentary about American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in honor of its 75th anniversary.
The first documentary about the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson premiered in February 2015 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Wilson’s birth, the 10th anniversary of his death and Black History Month.
Constanza Romero was the costume designer for many August Wilson plays, and also the playwright's widow. She shares how design came about for several plays.
Playwright August Wilson describes how his creative process begins with dialogue that guides his development of characters and plot.
See behind-the-scenes footage of film director Sam Pollard meeting with actor James Earl Jones, who won a Tony Award for his role in the Broadway premiere of August Wilson's Fences
Learn how Kathryn Bostic scored August Wilson's plays and the film August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand; what songs Wynton Marsalis played at Wilson's funeral; and how actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson became a blues harmonica player.
Film director Sam Pollard moderates a panel at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, with actors and directors Phylicia Rashad and Ruben Santiago-Hudson; Constanza Romero, Wilson’s widow and costume designer; and Rich Blint, Ph.D., Columbia University School of the Arts.
August Wilson and his sisters describe his early years, when he showed a love of language and learning, and suffered daily racial slurs at school.
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