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Jan. 24, 2006 Press Contact: Josh Schonwald
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Court Theatre celebrates August Wilson with free symposia

Anthony Flemming III, Jaqueline Williams and A.C. Smith will appear in August Wilson’s Fences at Court Theatre, during its run from Thursday, Jan. 12 through Sunday, Feb. 12.
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“Homegrown 'Fences' stirs emotions of painful times”
[chicago tribune]

Jan. 22, 2006

“'Fences' reveals a black family's pain, victories”
[Chicago Sun-Times]

Jan. 23, 2006

Court Theatre, the University of Chicago’s acclaimed professional theater company, will present free discussions in conjunction with its production of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Fences. The symposia, presented in partnership with the Civic Knowledge Project in the Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago, are designed to bring audiences new perspectives to one of Wilson’s most celebrated and discussed works.

Thursday, Jan. 26: Meet the Actors. Following the evening performance, get a first-hand behind the scenes look into Court Theatre’s production of Fences at this conversation with the cast of the play, moderated by Danielle Allen, Dean of the Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago. 10:30 p.m. at Court Theatre.

Friday, Jan. 27: Fathers and Sons, Husbands and Wives. Following the evening performance, come to an in-depth panel discussion on the intergenerational and family issues found in Fences. The discussion will be moderated by Waldo Johnson, Associate Professor in the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and Director of the University’s Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture. 11 p.m. at Court Theatre.

Saturday, Jan. 28: The Legacy of August Wilson. Following the matinee performance, enjoy what promises to be a lively discussion on Wilson’s contribution to American dramatic literature. Fences director Ron OJ Parson will be joined by Derrick Sanders and Jonathan Wilson, two other leading Chicago directors of Wilson’s work, as well as Sandra Richards, professor of African American studies and theater and performance studies at Northwestern University. Charles Newell, Court Theatre’s Artistic Director, will moderate the panel. 5:30 p.m. at Court Theatre.

Sunday, Feb. 5: Stories from the Negro Leagues. Following the matinee performance, participate in a conversation on the Negro Leagues, the source of some of baseball’s most enduring legends, as well as many of its unsung talents, such as Fences tragic hero Troy Maxon. Meet former Negro League baseball players, including Johnny Washington, and hear the real stories that inspired Wilson’s character. 5:30 p.m. at Court Theatre.

Admission to the symposia is free and all of the panels are at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. Tickets to Fences range from $26 to $50 and are on sale now. Performances run through Sunday, Feb. 19 and can be purchased by calling (773) 753-4472 or by visiting
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