Denzel Washington is producing plays for HBO


Denzel Washington is producing plays for HBO (1)

Denzel Washington will produce a series of plays collectively called “Pittsburgh Cycle” and star and direct one of them as well.

The actor has signed a deal with HBO to adapt ten of August Wilson’s plays, which are collectively called “Pittsburgh Cycle” or “Century Cycle,” that focuses on the African American experience in the 20th century.

IN a Q&A event at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Denzel Washington explains his new project: “He did 10 plays. I’ve been given the opportunity by the August Wilson estate. I’m directing and producing and acting in one (“Fences”) and I’m executive producing the other nine.”

Denzel continued: “ I made a deal with HBO. We’re going to do one a year for the next nine years. I’m really excited about that. That that they put it in my hands, the estate, and trust me. That’s good enough for me. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

The other nine plays by the Pulitzer-winning playwright Wilson are titled “Gem of the Ocean”, “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone”, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”, “The Piano Lesson”, “Seven Guitars”, “Two Trains Running”, “Jitney”, “King Hedley II”, and “Radio Golf”.

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