2009-2010 Season: February 25 - March 7

By August Wilson
Directed by George H. Brown

Fences is part of August Wilson’s ten-play cycle known as The Pittsburgh Cycle.  He uses the Maxson family to paint for the audience a picture of the true African-American struggle at the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement.  Fences is about a family experiencing the problems that African-Americans were facing on a daily basis.  The difficulty of moving forward in one’s job because of skin color, the destruction of family and the threat of a son surpassing the success of his father because of changing times.  He opens the front door of a house in the middle of the Hill District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and sticks to the heart of his writing…”life is hard”.