Fertile Ground

August Wilson's 'Fences'

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August Wilson touched off a vigorous debate in the theater world when he declared, in 1996, that “colorblind casting is an aberrant idea” and a tool of “cultural imperialism.” Wilson, one of postwar America’s most significant playwrights, was addressing the national conference of the nonprofit...

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Mollie Wilson O'Reilly is Commonweal's associate editor at large. She blogs at dotCommonweal.