Supporting the Arts in Western Massachusetts and Beyond

July 14, 2023

Preview: Shakespeare & Company, "Fences"

Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, MA
from July 22 - August 27

A moving study of emotional depth and the human condition, August Wilson’s Fences follows the story of Troy Maxson – a working-class Black man struggling to provide for his family. His past includes the low of a prison sentence and the high of a promising career with the Negro Baseball League, but it’s Troy’s unrealized dream to play for Major League Baseball that fills his days with resentment and regret.

August Wilson’s Fences, winner of both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play in 1987, is set in the 1950's and is part of the playwright’s acclaimed American Century Cycle.

The production will take place in the Tina Packer Playhouse on the Shakespeare & Company
campus; indoor venue and air conditioned. 

Christopher V. Edwards, Artistic Director of Actors' Shakespeare Project (ASP) in Boston, directs the play. Recent credits to Edwards' name include plays at the Cincinatti Shakespeare Company and the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in NY. Edwards has performed in London’s West End, Off-Broadway, in regional theatres and internationally.

August Wilson has written over a dozen well-known and award-winning plays which explore the heritage and experience of African-Americans, decade by decade, over the course of the 20th century. Wilson, who died in 2005, was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a 1995 inductee into the American Academy of Arts. Broadway has  renamed the theater located at 245 West 52nd Street – The August Wilson Theatre.