In celebration of my participation in the 50 Years of Black Arts and its Influences I am republishing my article on Wilson and my dedication to The Century Cycle. This season The Lower Bottom Playaz will stage Two Trains Running and Jitney as we continue our march through America’s Shakespeares song of the African experience in North America.
Having decided that I will direct all 10 plays in the Pittsburgh Cycle at this juncture in my life has proven instructive.
Wilson’s work is transformative. His ideology is a way of seeing the duty of art, the place art can hold in a culture still seeking its true face, and the essential importance of art to a people still fine tuning the song that will be their redemption song. As I work Wilson, or allow it to work me, I am painfully aware of the growth process. I feel the angst of a painter doing a mural on the floor, having started at the door, and painting the room by moving into a corner. There is no return from this baptism by Wilson. Nothing will ever be the same again. I have been caught by the piper. I follow the roar of the lion.
Music was invented as an aural form…
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