August Wilson's Final Interview Featured in November American Theatre | Playbill

News August Wilson's Final Interview Featured in November American Theatre
The final interview with August Wilson, the American playwright who died on Oct. 2 at the age of 60, will be published in the November issue of the monthly magazine "American Theatre."

Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks conducted the interview. According to Parks, she learned that Wilson was suffering from inoperable liver cancer one hour before she was due to talk with him. The interview does not address Wilson's illness. However, it concludes with Wilson talking about what would have been his next project. "I had a wonderful idea for a comedy about coffin-makers and undertakers, with cameo appearances by Queen Victoria and Fidel Castro and Benny Goodman," he said. "All of these things would come up on this coffin-maker's radio, and they would give discourses, like a discourse on British Imperialism given by Queen Victoria, and a discourse on socialism by Castro, a discourse on music by Benny Goodman. In the midst of this, these coffin-makers and undertakers have each hired guns to do battle in their disputes over the coffins. If was just a zany idea. I'm not going to be able to finish that. It's just one of those things that fell by the roadside. That would've been...that was my next project."

Also in the issue is the complete text of Radio Golf, Wilson's final play, and the last in his ten-play, decade-by-decade cycle about the African American experience in the U.S. during the 20th century.

The cover features a picture of Wilson sitting hatless at a corner table at New York City's Edison Cafe, the playwright's favorite haunt in the theatre district.

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