WILSON IN AUGUST with Wali Jamal

One of Pittsburgh’s most beloved playwrights, hosted by one of Pittsburgh’s best actors.

Wali Jamal joins us for two weeks August 14-21 for this fascinating webinar series celebrating the life and work of August Wilson.

Presented Fridays at 2pm as part of the PICT Educates’ online programming.



Love, Betrayal, Family, Justice, Avarice, Jealousy, and Death. The timeless themes and vivdly-sculpted characters in August Wilson’s plays provide a look into the hearts and souls of black people in America. We’ll discuss how these ever-recurring themes and the history of theater itself are ever-present in Wilson’s dramas:


August Wilson grew up in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, and it made an indelible mark on his life and work. He explored his coming of age here in this city in the one-man show, How I Learned What I Learned, co-conceived by Todd Kreidler.
School boy crushes, struggling to pay rent, going to jail, his mother, life on “The Set”…
Wali Jamal will share his insight and some of his personal encounters with the man himself while beginning of his theatrical career.

Each lecture is FREE and appropriate for ages 12+. Can’t join us live? Your registration includes a link to the replay, available 24 hours after the initial broadcast.


Wali Jamal has spent the last 20 plus years performing on the numerous stages of Pittsburgh: Our Town, The Little Foxes, and Superior Donuts with the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Voice work in Red Hills for Quantum Theater, Parade with Front Porch Productions, and a host of other venues. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Wali has become inured in the history of Pittsburgh. That is why the work of August Wilson has become so engaging to him. Wali Jamal is the only actor in the world to have performed in ALL TEN PLAYS in August Wilson’s American Century Cycle PLUS his one man show How I Learned What I Learned which earned him the 2018 Pittsburgh Post Gazette Performer of the Year.