Humanities Forum for "Fences" - A Conversation with Author Larry Tye
September 20, 2009
Huntington Theatre Company Literary Associate Charles Haugland leads a discussion with former Boston Globe reporter Larry Tye, author of Satchel: The Life and Times of Satchel Paige, about one of the Negro Baseball League’s most famous pitchers. Humanities Forums are post-show discussions with a leading local scholar that explore the historical and/or literary context of the play. Free with a ticket to any performance of Fences.
When his rise through the Negro baseball leagues hit the ceiling of racial prejudice, Troy Maxson turned against a world of unfulfilled promises and denied opportunities. But in 1957, his son Cory, an emerging football star, sees his world through very different eyes, and his wife Rose yearns for an outlet for her love. Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, Fences is the sixth chapter in August Wilson's groundbreaking ten-play cycle of the African-American experience in the 20th century and the ninth of his plays to be staged by the Huntington, one of Wilson's longstanding artistic homes. Directed by Kenny Leon
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