ACADEMY ICONS: SUSAN LACY—AUGUST WILSON

American Masters: August Wilson. Image courtesy of Susan Lacy/PBS.
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ACADEMY ICONS: SUSAN LACY
AUGUST WILSON: THE GROUND ON WHICH I STAND
WITH SUSAN LACY & SAM POLLARD

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Tony and Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson’s work is brought to life, including his seminal 10-play cycle chronicling each decade of the 20th-century African American experience and his awarded plays Fences and The Piano Lesson. Featuring interviews with Viola Davis, Lawrence Fishburne, James Earl Jones, and Susan Lori-Parks. Followed by a talk with Susan Lacy and director Sam Pollard.

  • Susan Lacy

    Susan Lacy is an acclaimed director and producer best known for creating American Masters (launched in 1986), the PBS biography series profiling artists and visionaries who have helped shape our country’s culture. Her subjects have included James Baldwin, Bob Dylan, Judy Garland, David Geffen, Lena Horne, Joni Mitchell, and hundreds more. American Masters garnered unprecedented awards over the years. Susan earned the series 71 Emmy nominations and 28 wins, including a remarkable ten for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series, in addition to 13 Peabody Awards, three Grammy Awards and a nomination, and an Academy Award and four nominations. Since moving to HBO in 2013, Susan has directed and produced SpielbergJane Fonda in Five ActsVery Ralph, and executive produced The Janes, all for HBO Documentary Films. Among many other distinctions, Susan was a Governor of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for eight years, is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and a cherished member of Guild Hall’s Academy.

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Performing Arts programming is supported in part by The Schaffner Family Foundation and funding from The Melville Straus Family Endowment. Music Programming is supported in part by The Ellen and James S. Marcus Endowment for Musical Programming. 

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