The Philadelphia Fringe Festival closes festively on Sunday evening. One unhappy story emerging from Fringe was that the estate of famed Pittsburgh playwright August Wilson requested that the show August in the City be closed down. Part of Digital Fringe, that show, coproduced by the Philly-based August Wilson Consortium and Iron Age Theatre, was to feature videos of 10 Wilson monologues – one from each of his "century" plays, spanning the 20th century – set in various locations throughout Philadelphia.
"We were told that within his will it states that none of his monologues can be publicly performed outside of his plays," says producer Richard Bradford. "This was something we were not aware of, and we just have to respect their wishes. We did try to come to an agreement to even pay the estate to keep the installation going, but they still refused. … There is no animosity or anything, just disappointment."