Home Leisure & Sports Nashville Repertory Theatre presents August Wilson’s Fences March 3-5      

Nashville Repertory Theatre presents August Wilson’s Fences March 3-5      

by Cass Teague
The entire cast of August Wilson’s Fences, Photo by Michael Scott Evans

Nashville Repertory Theatre presents August Wilson’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning play Fences, on stage from Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 5, 2023, followed by a week of school performances at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick Street.

Come see this powerful and moving play and experience the artistry and brilliance of August Wilson for yourself. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. For ticket and more information, visit www.nashvillerep.org.

August Wilson’s Fences explores the lives of a working-class Black family in the 1950s, taking audiences on a journey through the complexities of fatherhood, family, and race, offering a powerful look at one man’s struggle to come to terms with his past and find his place in a rapidly changing world. At the center of the play is the character of Troy Maxson, a former baseball star who now works as a garbage collector.

Despite his hard-won success and the love of his wife Rose, Troy is haunted by his own sense of failure and the injustices of a world that never fully recognized his talent. Through his relationships with his sons Cory and Lyons, his brother Gabriel, and his best friend Jim, Troy must confront the ‘fences’ he has built around himself and his family to break down the barriers that stand between him and the life he desires.

The talented cast of Fences brings these complex and powerful characters to life, with Clark Harris as Troy Maxson, Alicia Haymer as Rose Maxson, Cameron Mitchell as Cory Maxson, DéYonté Jenkins as Lyons Maxson, Bakari King as Gabriel Maxson, Kenny Dozier as Jim Bono, and Jordan Marie Elizabeth Nixon as Raynell Maxson. The production also features outstanding understudies Jermaine Pearson as Troy Maxson, Nina Hibbler Webster as Rose Maxson, and Jakholbi Murry as Cory Maxson.

August Wilson’s Fences is a timeless work of art, exploring universal themes of love, loss, and the search for meaning in a world that often seems unjust and unpredictable. This production offers audiences a chance to experience the power of Wilson’s writing and the depth of the human experience.

August Wilson has been referred to as the “theater’s poet of Black America.” He is best known for a series of ten plays, collectively called The Pittsburgh Cycle, which chronicle the experiences and heritage of the African-American community in the 20th century. Wilson was born April 27, 1945, in Pittsburgh’s Hill District; he died on October 2, 2005.

The remainder of Nashville Rep’s 22/23 season includes the stage adaption of the beloved New York Times Best Selling Novel The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time March 24 – April 2, 2023 and closing the season, is the intimate musical Violet May 12 -21, 2023. For Nashville Repertory 2022- 23 season tickets and showtime information, visit: www.nashvillerep.org or www.tpac.org.

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