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The Essential Ingredients for an August Wilson Play


Tony-award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, now directing the Broadway premiere of August Wilson’s Jitney, shares what he feels are the essential ingredients for any August Wilson play.


The essential ingredients for an August Wilson play - first of all, the actors must come honest. They also must bring their grandmother and grandfather into the room, which means African-American culture from the South to the North. So - what I call northern colored people - so you have to listen to the blues you have to look at Romare Bearden, you have to read a little bit of Baraka and then you come in and you do your August Wilson, because then you have delved directly to African-American culture from the times back, to the times now.


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