Poteet Theatre (Oklahoma City) continues season with “Fences”

Poteet Theatre continues season with “Fences”Fences1

“In ‘Fences,’ the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by August Wilson, the obstacles of this time are visible with heart-wrenching clarity. “Fences” takes place over several years beginning in 1957 and traces the life of Troy Maxson, a man conflicted about his inability to overcome the obstacles of his youth and certain about those that his children cannot.

The play, which is being staged by the Poteet Theatre, has an obvious lesson for the period but rough terrain remains in the present. Within the text of ‘Fences,’ subtle lessons that still must be learned are visible and extremely important.”

Happy Birthday, August Wilson!

By Mike Downing

August Wilson was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on April 27, 1945.


He was a force of nature, a master of language, and a creative dynamo.

His dramatic Century Cycle, depicting African American life during the 20th Century,  will live on for decades, if not centuries, casting a powerful shadow over the African American community, particularly those actors, directors, audiences and theaters who experience his work.

We wish he were alive today to experience the excitement that surrounds his legacy: The August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh, the many playhouses across the country that are staging his plays, and the level of scholarship that has emerged related to his life and works.

Sadly, Mr. Wilson died on October 2, 2005.  Our efforts on this blog, along with the efforts of so many others, strive to keep his legacy alive for future generations.

For additional information on August Wilson, visit the August Wilson Website or his Wikipedia page

“Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” at Mark Taper Forum (directed by Phylicia Rashad)

Dear August Wilson Blog,

My name is Laura and I’m a Marketing Assistant for an integrated marketing company in Hollywood called Allied Live. We are currently promoting Center Theatre Group’s production of August’s Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and I would love if you could post about the show. Here is the information:

Written By August Wilson
Directed by Phylicia Rashad
Mark Taper Forum
April 24 – June 9, 2013

“A DRAMA OF INDISPUTABLE GREATNESS. It is magically larger than life and exactly, precisely life size.” – The New York Times

It’s August 1911 as the Great Migration brings a revolving band of strangers to the door of Seth and Bertha Holly’s Pittsburgh boarding house. Lost souls migrating to the industrial North in search of work, a new life, somewhere to belong.

In this historic drama, part of ten celebrated works chronicling the African-American experience of the 20th Century, two-time Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner August Wilson says “They arrive carrying Bibles and guitars, their pockets lined with dust and fresh hope.”

With so many forces at work — mystical, emotional, financial — and the looming fear that Joe Turner will spirit them away back to the oppressive South — this unlikely family of strangers must forge new identities together or alone in this extraordinary drama helmed by Tony Award® winner Phylicia Rashad (director of last season’s triumph A Raisin in the Sun at the Kirk Douglas Theatre).

Save over 20% on Tickets!
Tickets are only $39 (Reg. $50) for select performances in Section A*
Visit http://www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/RASHAD or call 213.628.2772 and mention code RASHAD.

*Valid in Section A for performances April 24- 26 and 30 and May 1-3, excluding Saturday nights. Subject to availability. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. May not be combined with other offers.