"Given that August Wilson was one of the giants of the twentieth century theatrical landscape, and that his plays had meant so much to thousands of students who have attended them over the years through our arts education programs, it seemed critically important to us that we share some of his accomplishments and his legacy through Play by Play," TDF Executive Director Victoria Bailey said. The issue is now available online at www.playbyplayonline.org. Its contents include synopses of August Wilson's ten plays, from Jitney (1982) to Radio Golf (2005); a student roundtable discussion of his work; an interview with Phylicia Rashad on her role in Gem of the Ocean; a reprint of an essay by August Wilson which was a preface to the published version of King Hedley II; and a remembrance of August Wilson by Jujamcyn Theatres Creative Director Jack Viertel.
Play by Play was first launched in the fall of 1996 with a cover story on Savion Glover in Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk. Since that first issue, the publication has offered numerous reviews of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, interviews, internship listings, and ways to get student tickets. It is currently distributed to thousands of NYC high school students as well as members of the theater and arts-in-education community.