This PowerPoint presentation is an introduction to one of August Wilson's popular plays. It includes an introductory writing exercise that focuses on the painting that inspired the play followed by a brief biography of the author. It highlights the time period of the play and the role of African Americans in the 1930's. The plot, characters and conflict are introduced and the presentation ends with a fun quiz of the contents of the 18 slides. One slide addresses student expectations for the class reading of the play and assignments to be completed throughout and upon completion. Feel free to adjust this slide to suit the needs and expectations of your students.