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August Wilson's Fences

July 27 - August 7 | Main Stage

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"Universal enough to touch a chord
in every human heart."

- The New York Times

By August Wilson
Directed by Ryan Quinn

July 27 - August 7 | Main Stage

Set in 1950s Pittsburgh against the backdrop of a rapidly changing America, August Wilson’s groundbreaking Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning drama depicts the yearnings and struggles of the Maxson family. Troy Maxson, a former home run king of the Negro baseball leagues now supports his family as a garbage collector, and builds fences around a world he has battled his entire life. An epic work of stunning poetry by a Pennsylvania native, Fences has been hailed by critics as “a blockbuster piece of theater” and “the strongest, most passionate American dramatic writing since Tennessee Williams.” A timeless story of fathers and sons, husbands and wives, dreams and realities, Fences is a true American classic. Contains some adult subject matter and strong language. Ages 13+

Starring veteran stage, film, and television actor
Tony Todd.

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“August Wilson’s Fences” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.




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Show Extras:

  • Meet the actors for an informal talk-back after the show. Thursday, August 4.

  • Evening performances are at 6:30pm on Tuesday and 7:30pm on Wednesday through Sunday. Matinee performances are at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Masks are required for all performances.

Performance Calendar

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July 27, 2022(1 event)

7:30 pm: Fences (P)

July 28, 2022(1 event)

7:30 pm: Fences (P)

July 29, 2022(1 event)

7:30 pm: Fences (O)

July 30, 2022(1 event)

7:30 pm: Fences (AD/OC)

July 31, 2022(2 events)

2:00 pm: Fences

7:30 pm: Fences

Show Features

Tony Todd to star in title role.

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival announces veteran stage, film, and television actor Tony Todd will return to play the role of Troy Maxson.

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Thoughts on Fences from Director Ryan Quinn

Director Ryan Quinn shares his experience as an understudy in the rehearsal room with August Wilson, and how that has influenced his current role directing Fences.

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Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival presents August Wilson’s Fences

August Wilson’s groundbreaking Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award- winning drama Fences opens at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, the professional theatre on the campus of DeSales University. The show previews July 27 and 28, opens on July 29 and runs through August 7 on the Main Stage at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts.

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