By August Wilson
Troy Maxson is a former Negro League homerun king forced into retirement before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1946. It’s now a decade later, and he struggles as a Pittsburgh garbage man – barely making ends meet. His youngest son, Cory, is a promising high school football star who bears the brunt of the devils that only Troy can see. Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, August Wilson’s Fences explores the evolving African-American experience on the brink of the Civil Rights Movement.
Presented by VF Corporation
SPECIAL EVENTS IN COLLABORATION WITH
THE INTERNATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS CENTER AND MUSEUM
(these events will take place at the ICRCM, 134 South Elm Street)
Saturday, April 16 - Documentary Screening: "The Ground on Which I Stand"
12:00 p.m. | FREE
Saturday, April 23 - Panel Discussion: August Wilson's FENCES and Cash Crop
2:00 p.m. | FREE
“Fences” by August Wilson is a quintessential American play, up there with “Death of a Salesman” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Winner of a Pulitzer Prize and two Tony Awards, it is the jewel in Wilson’s 10-part “Pittsburgh Cycle,” a collection of plays depicting African American life over a century, with most set in the Hill District of Pittsburgh where Wilson was born.
Throughout its 15 seasons, Triad Stage has brought the works of the 20th century’s best playwrights to downtown Greensboro, from Tennessee Williams to Henrik Ibsen. That tradition continues Friday when August Wilson’s “Fences” opens at Triad Stage.