Aunt Ester's Children Redeemed: Journeys To Freedom In August Wilson's Ten Plays Of Twentieth-Century Black America
August Wilson (1945-2005) wrote one play for every decade of the twentieth century that explored black life in America for the descendants of slaves. All of his characters seek wholeness, identity, and reconstituted selves after the terror of 250 years chattel slavery and its terrifying legacy. Their history, culture, wisdom, joys, triumphs, pain, sufferings, victories, weaknesses, and strengths a...
Paperback: 150 pages
Publisher: Cascade Books (February 13, 2017)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
Amazon Rank: 923529
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This is the book that needed to be written about the work of one of America's greatest playwrights. August Wilson is as good for Riley Temple as Riley Temple is for August Wilson. Mr. Temple also gives recognition to the many great actors who have ...
died in one character, Aunt Ester. She is as old as the number of years blacks have been on these shores. All of the characters in the ten-play cycle are her children. Their search is through circumstance and adventure, certainly. This author demonstrates how Wilson uses language--poetry, the blues--to bring each play's characters to a point of wholeness, redemption, and freedom, not from history, but ennobled and strengthened by it. Wilson employs fundamental theological doctrines to exhort Aunt Ester's children to remember by whom and how they were freed and made whole.