Tag Archives: August Wilson

New Haven joins August Wilson Monologue Competition

It wasn’t nothing to you but it was something to me. To have you just up and walk out like that. What you think happened to me? Did you ever stop to ask yourself, “I wonder how Vera doing–I wonder … Continue reading

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The ballplayers of Fences, a glossary

From Fences, by August Wilson, Act One, Scene Three Troy: If they got a white fellow sitting on the bench … you can bet your last dollar he can’t play! The colored guy got to be twice as good before … Continue reading

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Library microbranch for Fences

One of the really fun parts of the job is working with our colleagues over at the New Haven Free Public Library to put together the reading list for our upcoming production. We talk to them a bit about the … Continue reading

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Actor Spotlight: Esau Pritchett and Portia, Troy and Rose Maxson in Fences

                When Esau Pritchett and Portia talk about performing the words of August Wilson, they speak with a certain reverence and perhaps even awe. They marvel at the complexity of Wilson’s characters, the … Continue reading

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The Civil Rights Act of 1957

Not only does August Wilson’s Fences deal with the difficult relationship between fathers and sons, and with the disappointment and struggles all people deal with, it also discusses fundamental issues of equality and decency. These questions were at the heart of … Continue reading

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Sam Bankhead: Possible inspiration for Troy Maxson in Fences?

It’s impossible to say with absolute certainty where the inspiration for a piece of art comes from. In the case of August Wilson’s powerful creation Troy Maxson, the central character in Fences, the inspirations are myriad and fascinating. Wilson’s family … Continue reading

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“It is a play about life”: Phylicia Rashad discusses Fences

When Phylicia Rashad speaks, people listen. During a recent visit to Long Wharf Theatre to review set designs and tour the space, Rashad spoke with a group of staff members about the power of Fences, the classic play by August … Continue reading

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First rehearsal: Fences

Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein characterized Tuesday as a historic day in Long Wharf Theatre’s history. For the first time, the theatre will produce the work of the master playwright August Wilson. The staff and creative team celebrated the first rehearsal … Continue reading

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