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‘Fences’ set for a local production

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Updated: March 24, 2014 3:49AM



Mas Media 7 president Mark A. Spencer — who is also artistic director for the West Side Theatre Guild — debuts a powerful local production of the late playwright August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Fences” at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Theatre Northwest on Grant, 3660 Grant St.

Tonight kicks off a two-week run (Jan. 23 through Feb. 2), which was the sixth in Wilson’s 10-part Pittsburgh Cycle, which explores the continuing African-American experience and the evolution of race relations in America.

“Fences” is set in the 1950s and tells the story of the Maxson family, with Troy Maxson, 53, who is the troubling patriarch trying to provide for his family. Troy’s glory days as a baseball player are limited due to the color barrier not yet broken in major league baseball, along with a stint in prison for robbery and an accidental murder he committed.

I, along with a group of lucky citizens, was treated to an early preview of Spencer’s production Jan. 18, and from the reactions throughout the play, this is a guaranteed winner for Spencer and the talented cast, including Darryl Crockett, Rose Simmons, Ryan A. Robinson and Assata Gaines.

You do not want to miss this local production of “Fences.” Times for the production are 7:30 p.m. tonight through Jan. 25, 2:30 p.m. Jan. 26, and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 through Feb. 2. General admission tickets are $25, student tickets (with a student ID) are $10.

Theatre Northwest on Grant is a small, intimate theater house. The stage is inches from the audience, so you feel as if you are part of the production.

Because of limited seating, Spencer suggests you call and make reservations and I wholeheartedly agree. Call 980-6808 or visit www.iun.edu/theatre to make reservations and get additional information.



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