Lake Superior Community Theatre will present an historic production of August Wilson’s Fences this coming Spring 2018 in Duluth, Two Harbors and Silver Bay, Minnesota.
The drama Fences will be presented by an all African-American cast, the first time an area African-American cast has performed a main stage play production in Duluth and on the north shore of Lake Superior. It will be the first time Fences has been presented in Minnesota north of the Twin Cities, speculates community theatre executive director Paul Deaner. “To our knowledge it’s never been done in this part of the state,” he said. It will also mark the first time the 15 year-old Silver Bay-based community theatre will present it’s yearly production in Duluth and stage an all black cast. “This is trilling,” Deaner said, “…the art of this script and to work with the soulful African-American energy. The cast is so fired up, this has never happened around here.”
Deaner recruited the cast with the help of Duluth area individuals, neighborhood agencies and social media. “I initially conducted information sessions followed a few weeks later by auditions in the Central Hillside, Lincoln Park and West Duluth neighborhoods”, he said. The show was cast by July 30 and will feature six adults and one child.
Fences is the story of a 1957 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania working class, lower income family. The drama swirls around protagonist Troy Maxson (father of the family) and his relationships with his son, wife, family, friend and employer. Issues include the value of hard work, responsibility, Troy’s past and the current ironies of love, loyalty and infidelity.
Fences is one of August Wilson’s 10-play “Century Cycle” about the 20th century African-American experience dealing with universal human and specific black cultural issues & themes. The play opened on Broadway in 1986 and won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama plus The Tony Award & Drama Desk Award for Best/Outstanding Play. The 2016 movie starring Denzel Washington & Viola Davis won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
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