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Also Known As: Frederick August Kittel Jr. Died: October 2, 2005
Born: April 27, 1945 Cause of Death: liver cancer
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: playwright, poet, stock clerk, newspaper delivery boy, cook

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Naked Proof, The (2004) Narrator
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Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Dropped out of school at age 15
1963:
Enlisted in the US Army; discharged in 1964
1965:
Bought first typewriter and began writing
1968:
Co-founded Black Horizons Theatre Company
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Began publishing poetry in the early 1970s
1978:
Moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Hired to write sketches at the St Paul Museum of Science
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After return visit to hometown of Pittsburgh; wrote first play "Jitney" in 1979; produced at Allegheny Repertory Theater in 1982
1981:
Finished "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"; accepted at the Eugene O'Neill Center
1983:
"Fences" accepted at O'Neill Center
1984:
"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" produced at Yale Rep; transferred to Broadway; initial collaboration with director Lloyd Richards; nominated for a Tony Award as Best Play
1986:
"Joe Turner's Come and Gone" first produced at Yale Repertory Theater
1987:
"Fences" opened on Broadway; earned Pulitzer and Tony Award as Best Play
1987:
"The Piano Lesson" premiered at Yale Repertory Theater
1988:
Earned Tony nomination for Best Play for "Joe Turner's Come and Gone"
1990:
Continued association with Yale Rep with debut of "Two Trains Running"
1990:
Picked up second Pulitzer Prize for "The Piano Lesson"; also received Tony nomination for Best Play
1992:
Garnered yet another Tony nomination for Best Play for "Two Trains Running"
1995:
Adapted "The Piano Lesson" for television; aired on CBS; also served as a producer; received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Made for Television Movie and for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing a Miniseries or a Special
1995:
"Seven Guitars" premiered in Chicago
1996:
Received Tony nod for Best Play for "Seven Guitars"
1996:
Premiered rewritten version of "Jitney" at Pittsburgh Public Theater
2000:
"Jitney" produced to great success Off-Broadway
2000:
New play "King Hedley II" at Pittsbugh Public Theater
2004:
Wrote the play "Gem of the Ocean"; earned a Tony nomination for Best Play
2005:
Penned the play, "Radio Golf" which premiered at the Yale Repertory Theatre in 2005 (opened on Broadway in 2007, after his death); earned a Tony nomination for Best Play
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Education

Connelley Vocational High School: -
Gladstone High School: -
Central Catholic High School: - 1959

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wife:
Brenda Burton. Married in 1969; divorced in 1972.
wife:
Judy Oliver. Married in 1981; divorced in 1990.
wife:
Constanza Romero. Costume designer. Met when she designed clothing for the 1990 production of "The Piano Lesson"; married in 1994.

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father:
Frederick August Kittel. Baker. Born in Germany; Caucasian; rejected family and only kept sporadic contact with family after divorce from wife.
mother:
Daisy Wilson. Cleaning woman. Black; divorced from Wilson's father; remarried.
step-father:
David Bedford.
daughter:
Sakina Ansari Wilson. Born in 1970; mother, Brenda Burton.
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