Sunday, November 24, 2013

Cultural Center's Senior Staff and Board of Directors Dishonor August Wilson's Legacy

Pittsburgh Center Honoring Playwright Finds Itself Short on Visitors and Donors. (The New York Times, 11/22/2013)

Excerpt:    Named for the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who found a street-savvy poetry in the lives of poor Pittsburgh blacks, the culture center’s plight has been especially painful for those who had hoped it would enshrine the music, art and literature of the urban world he knew.

Instead, it appears to be a victim of mismanagement by its senior staff and board of directors, who borrowed to build a grand palace of culture, but failed to find a wide enough audience and donor base in the hometown of Wilson, whose plays are mostly set in the Hill District just blocks away.

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