Art and Theology: August Wilson’s Aunt Ester Plays

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Art and Theology: August Wilson’s Aunt Ester Plays

August Wilson (1945-2005) was one of America’s most prolific and important playwrights. He wrote ten plays – one for each decade of 20th century Black America. He won two Pulitzer Prizes, and today, Broadway honors him with a theater named in his memory. He asks: how do the enslaved worship the same God as the enslaver? Aunt Ester, he said, was his most important character. This course will explore the why, the how, and the significance of the place she holds in the canon of American drama.

Note: The plays that will be explored are available on Amazon and placed on reserve in the Bishop Payne Library.

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Oct 05 2022


7:00 pm - 8:45 pm



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Addison Academic Center
Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia


Lifelong Learning
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