A Cornerstone of American Drama

By Alexandra Bush March 30, 2010


Seattle Center director Robert Nellams and Seattle Center Advisory Commission chair Bill Block are hosting what should be a hot public forum on the future of Seattle Center’s now-defunct amusement park, the Fun Forest.  The Howard Wright family, who own the Space Needle, want a museum showcasing the work of ubiquitous glass artist Dale Chihuly—an installation that would bring in $500,000 a year. Many Seattle residents, particularly those who drafted a Seattle Center Master Plan calling for more green space, are not psyched at this proposition.

City Council Member Jean Godden weighed in on PubliCola on Sunday, coming down on the side of more open space at Seattle Center.

Tonight, at 6:30 pm at Seattle Center House Conference Room A (305 Harrison Street).


Late local luminary August Wilson (1945-2005) was a well-known and widely respected playwright whose 10-part Pittsburgh Cycle is a cornerstone of American drama.  With one play set in each decade of the 20th Century, the cycle depicts life in the African-American Hill District of Pittsburgh, and was Wilson's magnum opus. His premature death of liver cancer came just months after he finished its final installment.

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Representing the 1950s, Fences is arguably the most prominent work in Wilson's oeuvre, having been recognized with both a Tony Award and a Pulitzer.  Seattle Repertory Theatre, Wilson's theatrical home for the last ten years of his life and the only theater that produced the Cycle in its entirety, opens Fences tomorrow night. James A. Williams, who won the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune's 2008 Artist of the Year award for the same role, stars as Troy Maxson, an aging garbage collector who once dreamed of becoming a great baseball player.

Tomorrow at 7:30pm in Seattle Rep's Bagley Wright Theatre (155 Mercer St.).  Tickets start at $15.

Tomorrow's Full Calendar:

Go to work late after the 9am meeting of the Pioneer Square Preservation Board, responsible for preserving, protecting, and enhancing the historic and architectural character of one of Seattle's most picturesque areas.  Tomorrow, 9-11am, City Hall (600 4th Ave).  Free.

Whether you're getting ready to graduate or a mid-career professional feeling called to international service, the Peace Corps is ready to tell you all about itself at an informational meeting with a Peace Corps volunteer who just returned from El Salvador.  Tomorrow night at 6pm at the Ballard Branch Library (5614 22nd Ave NW).  Free.

Young poet Tao Lin reads at Pilot Books at 6pm, followed by an after-party to celebrate the end of Small Press Bookfest.  Lin, whose blog has the charming URL "," has published poetry all over the place, and has had two of his works optioned for film.  According to PubliCola's ArtNerd Heidi Broadhead, "it's hard to be in poetry and not know who he is."  Tomorrow night at 6pm at Pilot Books (219 Broadway E).  Free.

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