“I think all in all, one thing a lot of plays seem to be saying is that we need to, as black Americans, to make a connection with our past in order to determine the kind of future we’re going to have.”

August Wilson, 60, famed playwright, who died on Oct. 2, 2005. A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Wilson’s work includes his 10-play Pittsburb Cycle, that includes Fences and The Piano Lesson.