Karamu Stages August Wilson’s “Fences,” the Flip Side of the Golden 50s

Thu 9/27-Sun 10/21

The 1985 play Fences by the late great playwright August Wilson is part of his ten-play “Pittsburgh Cycle,” which looks at black life in each of the decades of the 20th century, mostly in his native Pittsburgh.

Fences is set in the 1950s, a decade that tends to evoke rosy nostalgia in those who revere middle-class, white male-dominated culture. It deals with those who didn’t make out so well in that era, including its protagonist, a former Negro Leagues ballplayer who struggles to care for his family in the face of rampant discrimination. It explores the impact of his issues on his extended family.

Karamu is presenting the play as its season-opening production, directed by Karamu’s president and CEO Tony Sias. Tickets are $40, $35 for seniors, $25 for students under 25 with ID. It runs Thursday-Sunday through Sun 10/21 in the Jelliffe Theatre.


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