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August Wilson’s work “Fences” revived at Randallstown High School
4/12/10

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The community was both on the stage and in the audience for a recent production at Randallstown High School of “Fences,” one of playwright August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning dramas.

The Community Players, a theatre group based in the Randallstown community, joined with the Randallstown High School Academy of Finance, art department, and theatre arts department to stage the powerful drama exploring the legacy of an American family.

The show was co-directed by Randallstown High School Principal Cheryl Pasteur, who also performed in the play. The show featured Randallstown High staff members Marc Stevens and Drew Peal and senior Edem Kwame. Filling out the cast were established area actors Michael Kane and Ricky Williams, who also co-directed the production.

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Performances took place in the Randallstown High School theater on March 25, 26, and 28, and all proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the school’s Fine Arts Department.

“Fences” is one of two Pulitzer Prize-winning plays in Wilson’s 10-play series known as the “Pittsburgh Cycle” or “Century Cycle.” Each play tells a story (most of them taking place in Pittsburgh) meant to illuminate the complexities of the African American experience during a particular decade from the 1900s to the 1990s. Set in the 1950s, “Fences” tells the story of a former Negro League baseball player, now a trash collector, and his relationship with this son. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize for drama, the Broadway production of the play won the 1987 Tony Award for Best Play, Drama Desk Award for Best New Play, and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play.

Story by Cheryl Pasteur, principal, Randallstown High School, and Diana L. Spencer, communications officer, Office of Communications. Photos courtesy of Randallstown High School.
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