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August Wilson and Fences

Wednesday, we’re talking about August Wilson, one of the great American playwrights … period. That doesn’t need the qualifier that he was a black playwright. But his plays were about the black experience in this country, and one of his masterpieces was Fences. Denzel Washington’s film version is now in theaters, and the stage version has just opened at Pioneer Theatre Company. We’re taking the opportunity to talk about the heart breaking beauty of August Wilson’s work.

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  • Pioneer Theatre Company's production of Fences runs through January 21 in the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre on the Campus of the University of Utah. Performances are at 7:00 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays, with Saturday matinees at 2:00 p.m. For tickets or more information, call 801-581-6961 or click here.
  • The film version of Fences is currently playing at the Broadway Centre Cinemas. For showtimes and more details, visit Salt Lake Film Society.


  • Professor Sandra Shannon is a scholar of African-American literature and teaches English at Howard University in Washington D.C. Among her many books are The Dramatic Vision of August Wilson [Independent Bookstores|Amazon] and August Wilson's Fences: A Reference Guide [Independent Bookstores|Amazon]
  • Timothy Douglas directs Pioneer Theatre Company's production of Fences. It's his 4th time directing the play, and he's directed 9 of August Wilson's 10 plays.
  • Bob Mondello is arts and film critic for NPR. Hear his review of Fences.
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.