In 1988, August Wilson was halfway through his career, and already a well-renowned playwright. He had the won the Pulitzer Prize for Fences one year earlier, and Saint Paul, MN mayor George Latimer had recently declared May 27th “August Wilson Day” in his honor. Though Wilson would go on to write nine more plays and receive numerous awards before his death in 2005, the late eighties were a time in which Wilson was at the height of his powers, in a media landscape that had only then to take seriously the work of artists of color.

Bill Moyers recorded an interview with that era’s Wilson in a 1988 episode of World of Ideas, available onlineĀ at PBS’s show archive. You can also check out an extended clip of the interview below, via YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loMoBHNGbrE