August Wilson’s Fences

Feb 23, 2022 - Mar 13, 2022

Venue: Main Stage

By: August Wilson

Starring: Michael J. Asberry as Troy Maxson

Directed By: James Wheatley

Sponsored By: US Bank

Showtimes
S M T W T F S
2:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 8:00pm 2:00pm 8:00pm

Synopsis

We return to August Wilson’s American Century Cycle with a trip to Pittsburgh, PA where you will experience this powerful Pulitzer and Tony Award winning play. Set in the 1950’s, August Wilson’s Fences centers around Troy Maxson and his family, and the fences in our lives that can both nurture and protect us, yet also create obstacles to deny us emotional fulfillment.

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Q&A with Michael Asberry 

We are delighted to have Michael J. Asberry return to the STC stages for August Wilson’s Fences this February. We asked Michael about his passion for this production and what he hopes audiences get out of it!

Q: What are your thoughts on STC and the choice of this production?
A: I consider STC a Theatre home, and I’m proud of every production that I’ve been a part of here. I’ve established lifelong friendships through this work, and I very much look forward to this upcoming opportunity. ‘Troy Maxson’ is a bucket list role for me, as I am following in the footsteps of gifted and inspirational actors like James Earl Jones, Mujahid Abdul-Rashid, Carl Lumbly, Derrick Lee Weeden, and, of course, Denzel Washington. I am truly blessed and fortunate to get to inhabit this character.

Q: Why are you passionate about this piece?
A: I’m passionate about the play mainly because it speaks directly to me. For example, the storyline between ‘Troy’ and his son ‘Cory’ Is very similar to the relationship between my Grandfather and my Father. My Dad had to balance whether to accept a college basketball scholarship – which was in direct conflict with my Grandfather wanting him to work in the Steel Mill in Gary, IN and help pay the family’s bills (my Dad ended up going to college at North Carolina Central University, and later joined the U.S. Marines). The complexity of Troy’s love for his wife, Rose, and for every single character in this story is deeply explored and expressed. August Wilson’s use of language, and how he addresses circumstances that are specific to Black people is nothing short of brilliant, and on an even more personal note, his Canon/Catalog is such that he has created characters and roles that can potentially keep me working for the rest of my career.

Q: What do you hope audiences get out of the production?
A:I hope the audience recognizes that while this is a story featuring Black characters, this is a family story, a generational story, a UNIVERSAL story that has taken place in many families across racial, cultural and national boundaries.