At TPAC's Polk Theater
August Wilson’s ‘Fences’ is coming to Nashville Repertory
“August Wilson is truly one of the greatest American playwrights, and Fences is his masterpiece,” says Executive Director Drew Ogle. “After having to cancel our originally planned production due to the pandemic, we are so excited to finally be able to present this play, and we are even more excited to be partnering with the Tennessee Performing Arts Center to offer it to high school students in the region in addition to our usual audiences.”
Fences is a Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play and explores the universal themes of love, loss, and the search for meaning in an unjust and unpredictable world. It is about the lives of a working-class black family in the 1950s, centering on Troy Maxson, a baseball star turned garbage collector who is haunted by his sense of failure and injustice in society. Through his relationships with his wife, his sons, his brother, and his best friend, Troy must confront the fences he has built around himself and his family and find a way to break down the barriers that stand between him and the life he desires.
Jon Royal, a Nashville Repertory favorite, returns to direct. “I want you to look at this play as an invitation for you to sit, and ‘linger’ with the Maxson clan until the lights come on,” says Royal. “Sit with them as they struggle to celebrate, commune, and walk the path of a family, trying to stay together. It’s no accident that this story begins with a Friday, after-work ritual. Laugh. Feel all of the feelings as we present to you the Maxon’s family ritual with Joy. “
The Nashville Repertory Theatre is performing August Wilson’s Fences Friday March 3 through Sunday March 5 at TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater, followed by school performances.