Mark Clayton Southers

Mark Clayton Southers

PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County South Campus Theatre, in collaboration with Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, will present the award-winning Fences by August Wilson at 7:30 p.m. on June 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25.

A powerful drama set in 1950s Pittsburgh, the play is the sixth in Wilson’s 10-part “American Century Cycle.” Like each of the plays, Fences explores the changing African-American experience and race relations, among many other themes. The play, which won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 1987 Tony Award for Best Play, was chosen for CCAC’s 50th Anniversary performance because of Wilson’s and the play’s strong association with Pittsburgh, according to George Jaber, CCAC Theatre professor and department head.

A seven-member cast from the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company will perform the play on a set designed and constructed by CCAC students and staff. The running of the show will be a collaboration of the company and the college. CCAC’s and PPTC’s production of Fences is timely, with a new movie version starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis currently being filmed in Pittsburgh’s Hill District where Wilson spent his early years.

Mark Clayton Southers, founder and artistic director of the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, said, “The play deals with a lot of aspects of the human condition, such as truth, honor and betrayal. The South Campus Theatre is a beautiful space, and I think it’s going to play well there.”

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