When the sins of our fathers visit us
We do not have to play host.
– August Wilson
In this snapshot of 1950s America, the turbulence of the coming Civil Rights Movement is reflected in Troy Maxson’s household. Unlike his own father, Troy works hard to be a faithful husband and reliable provider but the more he tries to protect his family, the more he tears it apart, and building a fence around them isn’t the answer. Wilson’s resilient and passionate characters are so alive we feel their blood course through our veins, their cares and frustrations become our own, and the warmth and laughter that buoy them, open our eyes.
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“In light of the current health crisis, I have had to make the heartbreaking decision to postpone Fences indefinitely. While I and Quincy Armorer (Black Theatre workshop’s Artistic Director) had hoped to delay the production for a month in order that both companies end our respective seasons with this beautiful play, it is abundantly clear that the need for social distancing prevents that. I, and I’m sure all of you, take solace knowing that by doing this and continuing to abide by the mandated social distancing, we are supporting the most vulnerable in our community as well as the front line health care workers who are literally putting their lives on the line for us every day. I cannot say at this moment when we will be able to revive Fences but we are looking for the best way to do that in the future, as amorphous as that is right now.”
– Eda Holmes, Centaur Theatre Artistic & Executive Director