at The David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Exhibit: "August Wilson's Pittsburgh:
The Ground on Which He Stood"
Premiered April 27, 2006

"August Wilson's Pittsburgh:  The Ground on Which He Stood" was created to celebrate the birthday of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, August Wilson.  Born in the Hill District in 1945, Wilson found creative inspiration in the voices, music, and people of his Pittsburgh neighborhood.  Nine of his ten Broadway-bound plays are set in the Hill, each taking place in a different decade of the 20th century.

The video uses original interviews, archival photos and production stills, and video performances of Wilson's plays from regional theaters across the country to illustrate the deep and abiding ties Wilson had with his native Pittsburgh. Wilson's own words and reflections on his life in theater add poetic poignancy to this story of the soft-spoken artist who became an internationally acclaimed playwright and contemporary giant of American theater.

Dollar Bank wishes to thank all those who contributed to this project


  • Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh
  • Arena Stage, Washington, D.C.
  • August Wilson Center for African American Culture
  • Black Repertory Theater, St. Louis, MO
  • The Black Theatre Troupe, Inc., Phoenix, AZ
  • Carnegie Museum of Art, Teenie Harris Collection
  • David Cooper Photography
  • Estate of August Wilson
  • Dr. Laurence Glasco
  • Hallmark Hall of Fame
  • Heinz Family Foundation
  • Huntington Theatre, Boston, MA
  • City Repertory Theatre, Kansas City, MO
  • Dr. Vernell A. Lillie
  • Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, San Francisco, CA
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Pittsburgh Public Theater
  • Christopher Rawson
  • Romare Bearden Foundation
  • Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle, WA
  • Sala Udin
  • Chawley Williams
  • Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT

Creative Team
Creative Director Jose Muniain, PMI
Creative Consultant John Dymun, Dymun + Company
Production and High Definition Video by PMI
Sound Engineering by The Sextant Group
Installation by RPC Video, Inc.