I don't know why it took me this long to see an August Wilson play. But I do know that now I've seen FENCES, I'm going to make a point of seeing all of them in Wilson's "Pittsburgh Cycle"--ten plays (nine are set in Pittsburgh's Hill District, an African-American neighborhood). The plays are each set in a different decade and show the Black experience in the 20th century. They have all played at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts at one time or another. And, you might initially think that they are about being Black in America in the pre-civil rights decades. And you'd be right. But if you remember your Italian or Irish or Hispanic or Polish or Russian grandparents, you'll see your grandfather in Troy and your grandmother in Rose. Believe me, this play is about your family. It is not a Broadway blockbuster--never was--but it is a truly great play.
See it at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts through October 14th.
For more information: denvercenter.org or 303-893-4100 or 800-641-1222
Click here to see images from August Wilson's FENCES at DCPA.