August Wilson August Wilson—A Great African Griot August Wilson—The Great American Playwright The son of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—the storyteller—the poet Like Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass was an American Anthem So too is Wilson’s ten plays called the ‘Pittsburgh Cycle’ or the ‘Century Cycle’

This social timeline of African-Americans in the Twentieth Century is truly an American anthem. As Ma Rainey said in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, “Life’s way of talking, you don’t sing to feel better, you sing ‘cause that’s the way of understanding life.” For this matter, I feel compelled to respect Wilson’s conviction to convey these timeless stories.

The Three Months of August by Chris Joseph Stancato
The Three Months of August by Chris Joseph Stancato

The Three Months of August is based on the perspectives of the ‘Pittsburgh Cycle’ and my personal consequences of a cycle that entailed: separation, divorce, and death. In this matter, Wilson’s ten plays paralleled the pivotal periods of a difficult situation yet provided me with solace to abscond from my problems.  It was not my intention, nor was it my goal to read and review each play.  However, after reading Jitney and then viewing the documentary, The Ground on Which I Stand about the great playwright’s life, I made a decision to step in the path of the griot. 

To read this comprehensive review about the greatest United States playwright, please go the tab: The Three Months of August.

Thank You, Chris Joseph Stancato

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