So how does the August Wilson Center right itself after a purge that included laying off Mark Clayton Southers, the director tasked with programming plays for the center? And how is it even possible to name an institution after an award-winning local playwright of August Wilson’s stature and not have at least one of his 10 Pittsburgh Cycle plays on the schedule at any given moment?
There’s no easier way to spark a heated discussion among this town’s black intelligentsia than to bring up what the center’s administrators did right and got terribly wrong over these last four years…
Every citizen in Pittsburgh should feel invested in the success of this institution. More unsolicited suggestions to come."
Tony Norman, “August Wilson Center needs dollars and sense,” Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 17 May 2013.