January 6 – January 21, 2017

By August Wilson

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize & Tony for Best Play!

August Wilson’s timeless drama about fathers and sons has been a hit on Broadway and all over the world ever since it burst on stage in 1987.

Still bitter over never being given a chance to play in the all-white major leagues, Troy Maxson and his teenaged son Cory enact an age-old battle of wills when Cory wants to pursue his own dreams of going to college on a football scholarship. Fences is a heartbreaking family drama and a monumental exploration of the African-American experience in America.

“Genuinely glorious!”—The New York Times

Fences is thrilling. Gorgeous and unmissable!”—The New Yorker

Important Dates

Monday–Thursday 7:00 PM
Friday & Saturday 7:30 PM
Saturday 2:00 PM

ASL-interpreted performance: Saturday, October 7th @ 2 PM




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Creative Team

TIMOTHY DOUGLAS (Director) returns to PTC after directing Clybourne Park in 2013. He is a NY-based theatre director currently serving as an Associate Artist for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park where he has staged seven productions, including the world premiere of Keith Josef Adkins’s Safe House. Recent credits include Seven Guitars for Yale Rep.; Disgraced and King Hedley II for Arena Stage; Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 and 3 for Round House Theatre; Richard II for Shakespeare and Company; Bronte: A Portrait of Charlotte, off-Broadway; and the development of Ione Lloyd’s Eve’s Song for Sundance Theatre Institute/MENA Lab in Morocco. Douglas has directed nationally and internationally and counts among his many productions the world premieres of August Wilson’s Radio Golf for Yale Rep..; Rajiv Joseph’s The Lake Effect for Silk Road Rising (2013 Jeff Award for Best New Work); Dontrell Who Kissed the Sea (six Helen Hayes Award nominations) for Theatre Alliance; and the premiere of the new translation/adaptation of Ibsen’s Rosmersholm, off-Broadway, as well as his critically acclaimed Caribbean-inspired Much Ado About Nothing for Folger Theatre. He was the associate artistic director at Actors Theatre of Louisville 2001-2004, where he directed 16 productions including three Humana Festival premieres. The list of theatres Douglas has made productions for include American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Rep., Berkshire Theatre Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, Downstage (New Zealand), Guthrie, Julliard, Milwaukee Rep., Pittsburgh Public, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical (associate artist 2001-2005), Playmakers’ Rep., Portland Center Stage, South Coast Rep., Steppenwolf, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Woolley Mammoth Theatre, and many others. Douglas earned his M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama. www.timothydouglas.org

TONY CISEK (Scenic Designer) has collaborated with Timothy Douglas on Disgraced and King Hedley II at Arena Stage; Jitney, Clybourne Park, and the premiere of Safe House at Cincinnati Playhouse; Father Comes Home From the Wars, Two Trains Running, Permanent Collection and A Lesson Before Dying at Round House Theatre; Insurrection: Holding History and the premiere of Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea with Theatre Alliance; The Trip to Bountiful at Cleveland Play House; Much Ado About Nothing at Folger Theatre; the premieres of Night is a Child at Milwaukee Rep. and Line in the Sand at Virginia Stage Company; as well as productions at Portland Center Stage, Indiana Rep., South Coast Rep., Syracuse Stage, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Guthrie. Cisek’s work has also been seen Off Broadway and regionally at Roundabout Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Intiman, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Two River Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, and The Kennedy Center. www.tonycisek.com

BRENDA VAN DER WIEL (Costume Designer) is part of the design faculty for the University of Utah Theatre Department and serves as head of the Performing Arts Design Program. She designs regularly for that department as well as for Pioneer Theatre and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Recent works in Utah include Hello Dolly, the masks for Animal Farm, Blue Stockings and the Avenue Q puppets for the Babcock Theatre. Some favorite designs for Pioneer Theatre Company include Outside Mullingar, Alabama Story, Rent, Emma, and A Christmas Story. Some favorite designs for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Comedy of Errors, and The Count of Monte Cristo.  Her work was seen at Utah Shakespeare Festival this past summer in Mary Poppins, and she will be returning to USF next summer designing Treasure Island and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

MICHAEL GILLIAM (Lighting Designer) returns after this season’s The Last Ship. Broadway credits include: Bonnie and Clyde, Brooklyn, Big River and Stand-Up Tragedy. West End credits: Gershwin Alone. Off-Broadway: Cagney the Musical, Tappin’ Thru Life, Mr. Joy, Striking 12, Blue, End of the World Party, Zooman and the Sign and Menopause The Musical. National Tours include Peter Pan, Brooklyn, Guys and Dolls and Big River. Regional: Pioneer Theatre Company, Arena Stage, The Globe Theatres, Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Repertory, Goodman Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, The Pasadena Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, The Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Prince Music Theater, Denver Center and Arizona Theatre Company. Awards: Los Angeles Ovation Award, Drama-Logue Award, Garland Award and the 1999 Career Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle.

JOSHUA C. HIGHT (Resident Sound Designer) A graduate with distinction of London’s Alchemea College of Audio Engineering, Hight comes to PTC with many years of experience in professional audio systems repair and design and has established himself as an exceptional live sound engineer in both London and Salt Lake City. Hight is looking forward to a successful fourth season working in theater design with Pioneer Theatre Company. His other projects of note include working with Sommerset House for the 2012 Olympic Games, and PTC’s Elf—The Musical, A Few Good Men, Much Ado About Nothing, Deathtrap, Sweet Charity, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Rocky Horror Show, One Man, Two Guvnors, Alabama Story, The Crucible, I Hate Hamlet, The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, Outside Mullingar, It Happened One Christmas, Two Dollar Bill, An Inspector Calls, Cowgirls, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Last Ship, The Glass Menagerie and Oliver!.

AMANDA FRENCH (Hair and Makeup) has been a makeup and hair designer for over 25 years. She has worked for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Utah Opera, Egyptian Theatre Company and the University of Texas at Austin. She is a contributing writer in the tenth edition of Stage Makeup by Corson, Glavan and Norcross, and her work can also be seen in The Costume Technician’s Handbook by Ingham and Covey, and Wig Making and Styling: A Complete Guide for Theatre and Film by Ruskai and Lowery. She attended the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where she studied with Hair and Makeup Designer Lenna Kaleva. She is a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and a current University of Utah adjunct professor of wigs and makeup.

MARTINE KEI GREEN-ROGERS (Dramaturg) is currently an assistant professor of theatre at the University of Utah. Her dramaturgical credits include: Fences and One Man, Two Guvnors at Pioneer Theatre Company; Clearing Bombs and Nothing Personal at Plan-B Theatre; the Classical Theatre Company’s productions of Uncle Vanya, Antigone, Candida, Ghosts, Tartuffe and Shylock, The Jew of Venice; productions of Blues for an Alabama SkyGem of the Ocean, Waiting for GodotIphigenia at AulisSeven GuitarsThe Mountaintop, Home and Porgy and Bess at the Court Theatre; The Clean House at CATCO; Shakespeare in LoveUNISONSComedy of ErrorsTo Kill A Mockingbird, The African Company Presents Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Fences at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; 10 Perfect and The Curious Walk of the Salamander as part of the 2006 and 2007 Madison Repertory Theatre’s New Play Festival; and A Thousand Words as part of the 2008 WI Wrights New Play Festival.



Study Guide

Content Advisory

Hello Dolly!

SYNOPSIS: Jerry Herman’s energetic Hello, Dolly! is a musical filled with charisma and heart. Matchmaker Dolly Levi is a widow, a matchmaker, and also a professional meddler –but everything changes when she decides that the next match she needs to make is to find someone for herself. Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Hello Dolly! is boisterous and charming from start to finish. Dolly Levi is one of the strongest and richest starring roles for a woman ever written for musical theatre.

LANGUAGE:  A few mild uses of  “damn.”

SMOKING AND DRINKING:  The characters sing of smoking although none is depicted, and wine and champagne are consumed during dinners.

SEX:  None.


FOR WHICH AUDIENCES?  Hello, Dolly! is suitable for all ages.


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