Building the set

‘Fences’ setting the stage for May 15 opening night

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

ROCKINGHAM — Opening Night is set for 8 p.m. May 15 at the theater, located at 111 E. Washington St. in downtown Rockingham. Additional performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. on both May 16 and May 17, 2 p.m. on May 18 and then 8 p.m. each night, May 22-24.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Shelly Walker, director of Richmond Community Theatre, stands atop a ladder and takes a board handed to her by one of the volunteers hard at work Saturday preparing the set for May 15, the opening night for "Fences."

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Shelly Walker, director of Richmond Community Theatre, stands atop a ladder and takes a board handed to her by one of the volunteers hard at work Saturday preparing the set for May 15, the opening night for “Fences.”

“Fences” will feature an all-African-American cast and follow the later stages of the life of Troy Maxson, 53, in Wilson’s hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa. The play is set in the 1950s and follows Maxson, a former Negro League baseball star still bitter that he never had an opportunity to play in the major leagues due to the color of his skin.

Baseball was segregated during Maxson’s prime playing years and it wasn’t until Maxson’s playing days were behind him that Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in April 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. In the play, Maxson laments that he could hit better — in his 50s — than some of the players that were playing then.

Patrons can purchase tickets online by click here.

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