We can imagine no better place for the first-ever permanent exhibition dedicated to Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Hill District native August Wilson. It’s an unprecedented opportunity to be immersed in Wilson’s vision and see firsthand how the playwright “drew his greatest inspiration from the city and its people.” The 3,600-square-foot exhibit features interactive displays, projected images, artifacts from Wilson’s estate, and re-creations of ephemera spanning 100 years. Take a seat in the Hill District coffee shop that inspired Wilson’s characters and stories. Step into a replica of Wilson’s home office showcasing his manuscripts, record collection and beloved 1920s writing desk. Check out original objects featured in Wilson’s Broadway productions, including a 1956 Rock Ola 1448 jukebox, 1940s RCA Radio and prop masks. And take a symbolic walk through his iconic 10-play American Century Cycle. Augmenting the exhibit are audio recordings performed by award-winning actors such as Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Phylicia Rashad. Free timed tickets will be available April 11.
All galleries will be closed for maintenance until Friday, October 27.