‘Fences’ on stage at Ridgefield Theater Barn
“Fences,” the play which earned August Wilson a Pulitzer Prize, a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award, is on stage at Ridgefield Theater Barn, Friday Feb. 2 - Saturday, Feb. 24.
Though it tells a story that takes place in the 1950s, the themes it explores, such as the African-American experience and race relations, remain relevant.
Troy, a 53-year-old man who works as a trash collector and struggles to provide for his family, is at the center of this tale. Though once an excellent baseball player in the Negro league, his life hasn’t turned out as he’d hoped.
“Fences” reveals some contributing factors, like the jail sentence he served for an accidental murder he committed during a robbery, and the long time it took for the color barrier to be broken in Major League Baseball. (The MLB was founded in 1869; Jackie Robinson didn’t shatter it until 1947.)
Troy, played by James Earl Jones when the show opened on Broadway, is a hardworking man, but also hardheaded. Meanwhile, his wife and son have their own struggles. For example, his son, Cory, wants to take advantage of a football scholarship. Troy loves Cory, but won’t let him play because he fears there will be racial discrimination.
“Fences” was developed at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 1983 National Playwrights Conference and is directed by Katherine Ray. Because of strong language and adult issues, this thought-provoking drama is recommended for mature audiences only.
Seating is cabaret style at Ridgefield Theater Barn and audience members are encouraged to bring food and drinks to enjoy before the show.
Ridgefield Theater Barn, 37 Halpin Lane. $35 adults, $28 students, veterans, seniors). Friday, Feb. 2 - Sat., Feb. 24. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday Feb. 11 and 18, 2 p.m. 203-431-9850