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[Interviews with August Wilson and Arthur Kopit]

Author: Arthur L Kopit; August Wilson; Edwin Wilson; City University of New York.
Publisher: New York, 1988.
Series: CUNY Spotlight
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : English
Database:WorldCat
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Four separate interviews, two with August Wilson and two with Arthur Kopit.
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Genre/Form: Interviews
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Drama
Named Person: August Wilson; Arthur L Kopit; August Wilson; August Wilson; Lloyd Richards; Arthur L Kopit; Arthur L Kopit; Arthur L Kopit; Arthur L Kopit; Arthur L Kopit
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur L Kopit; August Wilson; Edwin Wilson; City University of New York.
OCLC Number: 52820388
Notes: Part of the series, CUNY Spotlight, broadcast on CUNY-TV, sponsored by the City University of New York.
Performer(s): Interviewed by Edwin Wilson.
Event notes: Videotaped by the cable station, CUNY-TV, New York, N.Y.
Description: 1 videocassette (VHS) (112 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Series Title: CUNY Spotlight
Responsibility: City University Television, The Center for Advanced Study in Theatre Arts (CASTA) [presents].

Abstract:

Four separate interviews, two with August Wilson and two with Arthur Kopit.

August Wilson talks about his progression from writing poetry to becoming a director of political theater with Black Horizons Theatre in Pittsburgh to becoming a playwright, his first successful play, Ma Rainey's black bottom, being accepted at the Eugene O'Neill Center, his association with Lloyd Richards at Yale, how he tries to show tension among his characters as a reaction to pressure from white America, how he writes black dialogue, black culture's different philosophical approach to the world, his disfavor with blacks' assimilation into white culture, how blacks should identify with an African heritage, and his beliefs and hopes about the state of blacks in American culture.

Arthur Kopit discusses the process of writing his play Oh Dad, poor Dad, Mama's hung you in the closet and I'm feelin' so sad, how he writes a play, his experimentation with form as in his play Indians and its sources in the Vietnam war and a Charles Ives symphony, the theater today and the ability to take risks in playwrighting, the development of and research for his plays Wings and End of the world, with symposium to follow.

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