Wilson's `Fences' set for Everyman

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January 03, 2002|By J. Wynn Rousuck

August Wilson's 1987 Pulitzer Prize-winning domestic drama, Fences, begins performances Tuesday at Everyman Theatre. The 1950s installment of Wilson's decade-by-decade chronicle of 20th-century African-American life focuses on the family of a Pittsburgh garbage collector who was a star baseball player in the Negro Leagues.

Frederick Strother plays former ballplayer Troy Maxson and Lance Williams portrays his frustrated son, Cory, under the direction of Jennifer Nelson, artistic director of Washington's African Continuum Theatre Company. All three return to Everyman from last season's production of Blues for an Alabama Sky.

Show times at Everyman, 1727 N. Charles St., are 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with matinees at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Feb. 3. Tickets are $15-$25, except the Jan. 8-9 pay-what-you-can previews, and the Jan. 10 opening, which is $30. Performances on Jan. 8-10 begin at 8 p.m. For more information, call 410-752-2208.

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