Seattle City Council
10/31/2005 11:17:00 AM
Tom Van Bronkhorst (206) 684-8807
COUNCIL HONORS PLAYWRIGHT AUGUST WILSON
Playwright & TV’s “Law and Order” Charlayne Woodard does dramatic reading
SEATTLE – Members of Seattle’s artistic community will join the Seattle City Council in honoring playwright August Wilson today at 2:00 P.M. in Council Chambers (2nd floor of City Hall on Fourth Avenue between Cherry and James Streets downtown. Wilson, who won two Pulitzer Prizes, died of liver cancer on Oct. 2 in Seattle. He lived and worked in Seattle with his wife, Constanza Romaro, who will also be at today’s event.
The Council will present a proclamation honoring the living legacy of Mr. Wilson, who has left an enormous contribution to American theater and culture. Accepting the Council’s proclamation, recognizing his great body of work, will be his wife, Constanza Romero and daughter Sakia Ansari. Also attending today’s event will be numerous actors, directors and theatre administrators representing the Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT Theatre the Langston Hughes Cultural Center and the theater program at the University of Washington.
Playwright Charlayne Woodard will do a dramatic reading from a recent August Wilson play. Woodard is in Seattle to star in the world premiere production, Purgatorio, at Seattle Repertory Theatre, opening next week. She’s the playwright for the current ACT Theatre production of Flight, running through November 13th. Seattle audiences are well acquainted with Ms. Woodard through her recurring role on television’s "Law & Order: SVU."
“Today kicks off what will surely be many City recognitions of August Wilson,” said Councilmember Jean Godden, lead sponsor of today’s Proclamation, co-sponsored by all Councilmembers. “Today will be a great moment for a City that has been graced by a great man who left a powerful living legacy here that will never be forgotten.”