Arizona Theatre Company stages August Wilson’s ‘Fences’ Feb. 11-28

Arizona Theatre Company celebrates the new year with a great American classic in August Wilson’s stunning, Pulitzer-Prize winning play, “Fences.”

David Alan Anderson and Kim Staunton in Arizona Theatre Company’s "Fences." (Photo by Tim Fuller.)

David Alan Anderson and Kim Staunton in Arizona Theatre Company’s “Fences.” (Photo by Tim Fuller.)

A vivid, heartfelt exploration of the African-American experience set in the 1950s, the story remains strikingly relevant today.

Performances begin at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, on Friday, Feb. 11 and continue through Sunday, Feb. 28.

Perhaps the best known of Wilson’s plays and winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, “Fences” tells the gripping story of sanitation worker Troy Maxson, a star baseball player whose career was blunted by the racism prevalent in pre-Jackie Robinson America.

Feeling his world rapidly changing, Troy builds a fence to protect what is familiar and hold off what threatens. Muscular and lyrical, filled with some of the greatest characters and scenes in American drama, the August Wilson blockbuster shows what can happen when a strong man is robbed of his dreams.

“With this production of “Fences,” we welcome back to ATC not only the grandeur and power of August Wilson’s work, but also the return of some of our favorite artists to create the production,” said ATC Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein. 

“Director Lou Bellamy is one of America’s greatest interpreters of the Wilson world; keenly attuned to his themes, deeply connected to the rhythm of his dialogue, championing the universal truths in his words.  Lou returns with him actors and designers who have created magic on our stages before under his guidance in such productions as “Jitney,” “A Raisin in the Sun” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”

Tickets for “Fences” are $33-$73 and can be purchased at www.arizonatheatre.org, by calling 602-252-8497 or at the Herberger Theater Center Box Office at 222 E. Monroe.

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