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11/13/2009--Seattle, WA, USA..The face of playwright August Wilson stares from glass door within a 12-foot-high steel portal at the top of August Wilson Way, a sloping side street behind the Seattle Repertory Theater in the Seattle Center. The door is near a spot where Mr. Wilson would take smoke breaks while working at the theater, the only one in the nation that has produced his entire 10-play, 10-decade cycle about the African-American experience in the 20th century. ..While Mr. Wilson is often identified with the Hill District of Pittsburgh from his plays and childhood, he was one of many artists in recent decades who were drawn to Seattle's creative and literary spirit, living here for about a decade before he died in 2005...©2009 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.