fences was wilson's second play to go to broadway and won him the 1987 pulitzer prize for drama. wilson won the pulitzer prize for drama again in 1990 for his play the piano lesson. wilson has taken upon himself the responsibility to write a play about black experiences in the united states for every decade of the 20th century.
the seemingly minor line encompasses the entire leitmotif of august wilson’s play, fences. it is a play that takes place in a time, as the author says, that is “turbulent, racing, dangerous, and provocative” and during which the collective fences of society begin to dissolve.
athenswest is excited to be producing august wilson’s fences beginning on friday, february 7th, at 8pm.additional performances include the 8th, 9th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, and 23rd; thursday, friday, and saturday performances are at 8pm and sunday performances are at 2pm.
fences is divided into two acts. act one is comprised of four scenes and act two has five. the play begins on a friday, troy and bono's payday. troy and bono go to troy's house for their weekly ritual of drinking and talking.
danny sapani stars in august wilson's pulitzer prize and tony award-winning play exploring race relations in america. it is 1957 and once-famous baseball player troy maxson now works as a rubbish collector. the 1950s are yielding to the spirit of liberation of the 1960s. the civil rights movement is kicking in but troy can't see it. troy maxson
"fences" is part of august wilson's "pittsburg cycle," a collection of ten plays. each drama explores a different decade in the 20th century, and each examines the lives and struggles of african-americans.
fences is a 1985 play by american playwright august wilson.set in the 1950s, it is the sixth in wilson's ten-part "pittsburgh cycle".like all of the "pittsburgh" plays, fences explores the evolving african american experience and examines race relations, among other themes.