The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County will present Fences, a 1985 play by American playwright August Wilson, Thursday, May 2 through Sunday, May 5. This Camden Community Theatre (CCT) production is directed by Brianna Grant. Showtimes for Fences are 7 p.m. nightly and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are on sale now and are $15 for adults and $10 for students/military. Tickets may be purchased at the FAC box office, 810 Lyttleton St., Camden, by phone at (803) 425-7676, or online at www.fineartscenter.org.
Set in the 1950s, it is the sixth in Wilson’s 10-part “Pittsburgh Cycle.” Like all of the “Pittsburgh” plays, Fences explores the evolving African-American experience and examines race relations, among other themes. The play won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 1987 Tony Award for Best Play. Fences was first developed at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 1983 National Playwrights Conference and premiered at the Yale Repertory Theatre in 1985. The first Broadway production was staged at the 46th Street Theatre on March 26, 1987, was directed by Lloyd Richards, and starred the iconic James Earl Jones. The production was revived in 2010 with an Oscar nominated film starring Denzel Washington.
The sensational drama tells the story of Troy Maxson, a former star of the African-American baseball league who now works as a garbage man in Pittsburgh. Excluded as an African-American man from the major league during his prime, Troy’s bitterness takes its toll on his relationship with his wife and his son, who now wants his own chance to play ball.
This CCT production features Jaston Hawes as Troy Maxson, Phyleicia Jefferson as Rose, Brandon Campbell as Cory, Timothy Reid as Bono, Robert Isom as Gabe, Michael Jefferson as Lyons, and Taewren Curry as Raynell.