—Chris Joseph Stancato
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Established in 1927, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is the third play in the ‘Pittsburgh Cycle.’ This installment takes place in a Chicago recording studio. August Wilson’s natural nexus to blues music is at its peak in this play. The migration of Black people, blues music and performers from the Deep South during the 1920s to the Midwest, like Chicago and St. Louis; and in the North, like Pittsburgh, began to change the geography. As Read more [...]
Super Special Summer Book Release!
The Vinyl Record Collection of Stories, Volume I is a coming-of-age story about Trey Carte, his social timeline—a soundtrack of ten chapters, and the budding relationship with his dad. This compelling collection of stories is set in the borough of Belle Vernon, located in Western Pennsylvania.The time is 1977 at a small house on Water Street. A place where the wealth of rich music, a vast collection of vinyl, creates a unique cohesiveness for Trey and his Read more [...]
Free to $3: Comedy, Romance, Drama, Poetry
Gas Station Ganja, a comedy: "Mark was right when he said the word of them selling weed would spread around the small towns of the Mon Valley. Pot heads found their nirvana; the message had spread like smoke signals as the hype around the pipe now had a name: Gas Station Ganja."Serendipia, James & Adaline, a romance: “I want to hold your body and feel the sunshine in your soul.” Serendipia is a Spanish word which translates to Serendipity in Read more [...]
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 is based on the perspectives of the ‘Pittsburgh Read more [...]
200 Grams of Literature
Today we celebrate August Wilson's Birthday (27th April 1945). In honor of the great playwright's birthday I am beginning my first Podcast on Soundcloud called, 200 Grams of Literature. A short-program about the connection between vinyl records and literature. Follow the Soundcloud links, subscribe to this monthly show, and share!
200 Grams of Literature
Every Great Song has a Great StoryThe Vinyl Record Collection of Short Stories, Volume 1 (Summer 2019)
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The Three Months of August
Ten years after the death of America's greatest playwright, August Wilson, we continue to view his social timeline called the 'Pittsburgh Cycle' a masterpiece.
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 Read more [...]