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Liberation Angel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-22-09 11:59 PM
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182. August was a good friend of mine
I have a copy of "The Piano Lesson" which he autographed for my daughter and I saw premiers of a couple of his shows in NYC and hung out with the cats and August afterwards (Laurence Fishburne and Keith David were in Two Trains Running and Seven Guitars.

I was so sad when he passed

I saw the first staged readings of Joe turner at the eugene O'neill theater center where I worked as an actor and also did some staged readings of my own plays.

August wrote on legal pads with a pencil, generally and said he would not use a typewriter or comuter because he did not beieve in the "delete" key (altho he always rewrote and edited and double spaced lines to make corections.

He told me once about getting kicked out of a Dunkin Donuts (where he would go to write and drink coffee) cause he was African American AFTER he won his first Pulitzer (he won two and is one of ony a ahndful of playwrights - including arthur iler, to win more than one.

a great man and writer and friend.

Joe Turner was , i believe, the play he thought was best. A great play.

I saw also Howard Rollins (who I became friends with) in Wilson;s play about the Negro baseball league (name escapes me at the moment.
Howard, an oscar winner for ragtime, was a great guy and died too young.
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