MAY 2  –  JUly 1

By August Wilson
Directed by Lou Bellamy

Run time:  Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.

Husband, father, former athlete, garbage collector – 53-year old Troy struggles to define himself both inside and out of his 1950s Pittsburgh home.  Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play,  Fences asks “What makes us choose the things we keep at a distance and what we decide to let in?”

This will be the seventh of Wilson’s 10-play “American Century Cycle” that the Playhouse has staged.

Director Lou Bellamy (Obie award for Two Trains Running) is the founding Artistic Director of Penumbra Theatre Company, which has produced more August Wilson productions than any company in the world, including the premiere of Jitney!

ASL interpreted performance: Wednesday, May 9.

May 20th - after matinee

In honor of Mental Health Month - The Black Community & Mental Health: A panel discussion aimed at dismantling barriers and addressing the needs of mental health access and services for the Black Community.

June 10th - after matinee

In honor of Fathers Day - Black Fathers & Their Sons: An intimate conversational experience - what we say, what we wished we said, and the things rarely heard outside the black home.


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creative team

 Playwright August Wilson

Playwright August Wilson

 Director Lou Bellamy

Director Lou Bellamy

Assistant to the Director                Tina Mascaro

Stage Manager                                  David Levine*

Assistant Stage Manager                 Lilo Alfaro

Scenic Designer                                Dan Meeker

Lighting Designer                             Dan Meeker

Co-Costume Designers                  Sydney Dufka, Alex Meadows

Sound Designer                               Brian Peterson

Properties Designer                        Evelyn D. Tyler

Master Carpenter                            Brent Hall

Master Electrician                           Owen Walz

Sound Engineer                               Rory Breshears

Master Carpenter                            Jen Levear


Jon Betlinski, Karen Fink, Judy & Greg Kafoury, Kinsman Foundation, Steve & Mikki Lipsey, Newman's Own, Oregon Cultural Trust