Art Forms & Theatre Concepts, Inc., the premiere African-American theatre company of the Lowcountry, is preparing for its 2017 MOJA Arts Festival offering, “Fences” an entertaining drama by August Wilson.
“Fences” was written by August Wilson in 1987 to represent the period of the “1950s” for his “Pittsburgh Cycle”, often referred to as his “Century Cycle”, which consists of ten plays, each set in a different decade and aim to sketch the Black experience in the 20th century and “raise consciousness through theater” and echo “the poetry in the everyday language of black America”.
“Fences” tells the story of Troy Maxson, a 53-year-old head of household who struggles with providing for his family. An excellent player in Negro league baseball in his younger days, the color barrier of the era kept him from getting into the major league to make good money or to save for a decent future. Instead he lives a menial, though respectable life of trash collecting. However, later he remarkably crosses the race barrier and becomes the first black truck driver instead of just a barrel lifter.
The production is masterfully directed by Henry Clay Middleton, who also stars as Troy Maxon, the lead character. The cast also includes Donna Lee Williams as his wife Rose Maxon, Roy Gilliard as Jim Bono, RezSaun Lewis, Sr. as Lyons, Adolphus F. Williams, Sr. as Gabriel, LaChar Nichole Lawrence as Raynell and Caleb A. Smith as Cory.
“This is a wonderful story the whole family can enjoy,” says Art Gilliard, Founding Artistic Director Art Forms & Theatre Concepts, Inc. Tickets are on sale now for $35.00.
Friday, September 29th:
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Sunday, October 1st:
***Shows at The Historic Dock Street Theatre – 135 Church Street***