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Theatre Young Harris to Present Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-Winning Drama “Fences”

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Author: Molly Blaschke
Media Contact: LeAnn Waldroup
(706) 379-5310, klwaldroup@yhc.edu

Theatre Young Harris to Present Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-Winning Drama “Fences”

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Theatre Young Harris will present seven performances of August Wilson’s award-winning drama, “Fences.” Performances are scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 14, through Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m., and Thursday, Nov. 21, through Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. All performances will take place in Dobbs Theatre located inside Goolsby Center on the YHC campus. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors 65+ or with YHC ID.

“Fences” is part of August Wilson’s 10-play “Pittsburgh Cycle” that traces the African-American experience in the 20th century. The drama tells the story of Troy Maxson, a former baseball star in the Negro Leagues who is now a garbage collector with diminished dreams. As he struggles to hold on to his dignity and family, Troy puts up fences between himself and those he most wants to protect—his wife, son and best friend, who all see the world through different, more optimistic eyes. 

First released on Broadway in 1987, “Fences” ran for 525 performances featuring James Earl Jones as Troy Maxson. In 1987, the production won both a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and took home the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 2010. 

Directed by YHC Assistant Professor of Theatre Anne Towns, the production features sophomore theatre major Malik Harris of Carrollton, Ga., as Troy Maxson, junior theatre major Ptah Garvin of College Park, Ga., as Cory Maxson, junior theatre major Lateefah Dooling of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as Rose Maxson, senior music major Brian Walker of Powder Springs, Ga., as Gabriel, sophomore theatre major LaDareon Copeland of Centerville, Ga., as Jim Bono, sophomore theatre major Tre Wright of Martin, Ga., as Lyons, and senior business and public policy major Britney Cheney of Brooks, Ga., as Raynell. 

Due to strong language and adult themes, this play is recommended for mature audiences only.

Theatre Young Harris is a performing arts organization of Young Harris College. Each season, the theatre company presents a full lineup of notable productions, including full-length musicals, innovative dramas, classic plays, children’s shows and more. Auditions are open to YHC students, faculty and staff as well as the community.

Tickets are on sale now through the YHC Box Office located in the lobby of Goolsby Center, or by calling (706) 379-4307. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 226-bed residence hall that is expected to earn LEED certification, a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics, and in 2012, was invited to become the 14th member of the Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2013-2014 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit yhc.edu.

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