Monthly Archives: November 2013

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 themes for each show – a subject they’ve already given a lot of consideration –… 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 richness of his language, and emotional depths they have to plumb in order to bring… Continue reading →

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Actor Spotlight: Nonie Breen, Sister in Sister’s Christmas Catechism

Nonie Breen brings a bit of good natured sass when you talk to her, delivered with a wisp of her native Chicago in her voice. She makes friends wherever she goes, which is all over the country. To play the role she’s most known for, the part of the irascible Sister in the Late Nite… 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 the American discourse in the 1950s and 1960s, creating radical changes in society. The Civil… 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 members, men he knew when he was growing up, plus his own fertile imagination all… 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 Wilson being staged in November on the Mainstage. She held the room rapt with that… Continue reading →

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