Includes Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Fences, and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. Afterword by Paul C. Harrison.This collection features Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, voted Best Play of 1984-85 by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Fences, winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, voted Best Play of 1987-88 by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle.
With the benefit of 20 years of hindsight, one can posit that the maiden performance of "Ma Rainey" inaugurated the August Wilson era. As both an individual playwright and a hub of theatrical activity, he has defined his time in the way Eugene O'Neill, Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams, Neil Simon and Edward Albee defined the three preceding generations.
August Wilson was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and grew up in a two-room apartment behind a grocery store on Bedford Avenue in the city’s Hill District. At age thirty-three he moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, where he turned to play writing. In addition to the plays presented in August Wilson, he is the author of The Piano Lesson—the 1990 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama.