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Denzel Washington Says Heíll Direct August Wilsonís 10 Plays For HBO Over Next Decade
by Erik Pedersen
September 17, 2015 11:06pm

Denzel Washington was on the USC campus tonight for a Q&A and broke some serious news. In a sit-down with ďThe Notorious Ph.D.Ē Todd Boyd, the two-time Oscar winner said he has worked an arrangement with the estate of August Wilson to direct and exec produce all 10 of the Pulitzer-winning dramatistís plays for HBO. Washington said the  estate to do one a year on the premium channel.

ďIím directing, producing ó and acting in one (Fences) ó and Iím executive producing the other nine,Ē he told Boyd and the crowd during ďAn Evening With Denzel WashingtonĒ at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. ďIím really excited about that ó that [the estate] would put that in my hands and trust me,Ē Washington said tonight. ďThatís good enough for me. It doesnít get any better than that.Ē

He also said Viola Davis also will star in Fences. She and Washington starred on Broadway in a 2010 revival of the Pulitzer-winning show, and the production earned them Best Actor and Best Actress Tony Awards and also won for Best Revival of a Play.

HBOís reps could not be reached for comment.

Each of Wilsonís 10-play Pittsburgh Cycle aka the Century Cycle is set during a different decade of the 1900s and aims to describe the black experience.