- NAME: August Wilson
- OCCUPATION: Playwright
- BIRTH DATE: April 27, 1945
- DEATH DATE: October 02, 2005
- EDUCATION: St. Richard's Parochial School, Gladstone High School, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Connelly Vocational High School, Central Catholic High School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- PLACE OF DEATH: Seattle, Washington
- Originally: Frederick August Kittel Jr.
- Full Name: August Wilson
- AKA: Frederick August Kittel
- AKA: Frederick Kittel
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African-American playwright August Wilson won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for his play Fences, and earned a second Pulitzer Prize for The Piano Lesson.
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In 2003, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom was revived on Broadway. Gem of the Ocean premiered on Broadway in 2004, where it made a run of 72 performances.
August Wilson died of liver cancer on October 2, 2005, in Seattle, Washington. His new play, Radio Golf, had opened in Los Angeles, California, just a few months earlier.
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