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Meet the Author: Riley Temple - Aunt Ester's Children Redeemed

Event Type: Author Event
Age Group(s): Adults
Date: 10/18/2017
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM
 Author Riley Temple discusses the work of celebrated playwright August Wilson, author of the ten-play chronicle The Pittsburgh Cycle, which dramatizes the African-American experience through the twentieth century in the aftermath of slavery. Temple addresses the role of Aunt Ester, who is linked to all ten plays through her children, and how she embodies the culture, history, triumphs, victories, pains, strengths, and weaknesses of the descendants of enslaved people in America.

Riley Keene Temple is an avid American arts advocate and supporter, and has been honored for his leadership of arts organizations. He is a telecommunications attorney in Washington DC, where his Board memberships include the National Archives Foundation and the Trust for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He holds a Masters degree, cum laude, of Theological Studies from the Virginia Theological Seminary. He has written frequently on theology and the creative arts.

"Only the willfully ignorant do not understand the centrality of the African-American experience in the larger framework of American history. Only an ostrich, head buried in the sand, does not know the breadth of August Wilson's stunning body of work. But only Riley Temple could expose that work--and its unifying genius--with scholarship and emotion and genuine Spirit!" -KEN BURNS, filmmaker

"This book should serve as required reading for every artist, student of theater, and every lover of the American Stage. It is stunning in its unique approach to, and understanding of, the great national treasure--August Wilson--that has led us so much in the form of ten extraordinary plays...I say boldly and loudly that Aunt Ester's Children Redeemed is insightful, enduring, and unforgettable." -KENNY LEON, Tony Award winning director
Library: Central
Location: Warfield Meeting Room, HCLS Central Branch, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy Columbia MD 21044
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