Arts Discovery

Arts Discovery Educational Series presents

A Walk in August


  • Mon, February 6 at 11:00am
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    This event will take place at the Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St, Durham

    Performance Length: 90 Minutes

    “A Walk in August” is a journey of self-reflection and friendship between Broadway actor, director, and educator James A. Williams and Pulitzer Prize winning American playwright August Wilson. Williams explores his life experiences mirrored with the many roles he has portrayed in Wilson’s plays. Wilson is best known for his series of ten plays, collectively called the “Pittsburgh Cycle,” which chronicles the experiences and heritage of the African American community in the 20th century. Wilson is also known for “Fences” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” both of which have been adapted to film. Wilson is considered by many as “theater’s poet of Black America.”

    Curriculum Connections: Theater Arts, Communication, Aesthetics, Contextual Relevancy, Culture, Language Arts 

    This performance has the option to add on a Durham Arts Council Creative Arts in Public and Private Schools Program (CAPS) workshop or residency.

    “Whose Story Is It?” Workshop by Donna Washington

    In this interactive story creation workshop, students will use oral narrative rules to create personal stories in small groups. The workshop focuses on how presentation, structure, and details are used to convey a compelling story. Once students write their stories, they are presented to the group where we use context clues to guess whose story was told. Donna Washington’s demonstrations of excellent storytelling technique and creation amplifies student voices and supports English Language curriculum for grades 5-12.

    Book this CAPS program by emailing

    All Durham Public Schools reservations will be made by the school-designated Arts Liaison. The Arts Liaison was appointed by each school principal to coordinate this effort. Please contact your principal for further action.

    Online reservations end five days prior to a performance date. Please email us for availability at