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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 he get on the team. That’s why I don’t want you to get all tied… 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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