Omaha, NE–August Wilson’s Fences opens Friday, January 20, 2023 at the Omaha Community Playhouse (OCP). This marks OCP’s first August Wilson production in the theatre’s 98-year history. To celebrate this momentous run, OCP is collaborating with The Union for Contemporary Art, Great Plains Theatre Commons, and Metropolitan Community College on city-wide community events.
“OCP is honored to execute this powerful weekend in collaboration with three of the most intentional and community-driven arts and education organizations in the city,” said Kathy Tyree, OCP’s director of Inclusion and Community Engagement. “It is our hope that participants will walk away with not only a deeper appreciation and understanding of the work of August Wilson but also feeling informed with new resources and tools to enhance their individual connection to the arts.”
A former African American League baseball player struggles to co-exist with the racial trauma he still carries from his time in the league. When his frustrations lead to a series of tragic choices, his relationships with his wife and son suffer the consequences. Set in the 1950s, Fences is the sixth installment in The American Century Cycle, a series of ten plays by August Wilson that trace the Black experience through 20th century America.
Production Dates: January 20-February 12, 2023
Show Times: Wednesdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Tickets: Starting at $25. Prices vary by performance. Tickets are available for purchase by phone at (402) 553-0800, online at OmahaPlayhouse.com, or in person at the OCP Box Office, 6915 Cass St., Omaha, NE 68132
Directed By: Denise Chapman
Anthony Montegut as Troy Maxson
Kerri Forrester as Rose
Raydell Cordell III as Lyons
L. James Wright as Gabriel
Brandon Williams as Cory
Eric Jordan, Sr. as Jim Bono
Hope Haddad, Anavie Lyons, and Brooklyn Montegut as Raynell
Photo by Colin Conces