August Wilson House
Born in 1945, the great playwright spent his first 13 years at 1727 Bedford with his mother and five siblings, crammed into two rooms (later four). However cramped, these small rooms, this house and its yard all pulsed with life. There, August grew up inquisitive, loyal and an incessant reader, to become a Black Nationalist, then poet and playwright. The life nurtured at 1727 Bedford became the passionate heart of his unprecedented American Century Cycle of 10 plays, an epic dramatization of African-American life through a century of comedy and tragedy, aspiration and despair — or as he put it, “love, honor, duty, betrayal.” Join August Wilson historian and friend to the late playwright, Christopher Rawson, on a mobile tour of the Hill District and the newly opened August Wilson House as memorial to this great artist, and a significant new community space for Pittsburgh.