Performance, reception and
unveiling of student mosaic held to celebrate CCAC’s 50th
College of Allegheny County South Campus Theatre, in collaboration with
Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, will present the award-winning Fences by August Wilson at 7:30 p.m. on
June 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25.
A powerful drama set in 1950s Pittsburgh, the play is the
sixth in Wilson’s 10-part “American Century Cycle.” Like each of the plays, Fences explores the changing African-American experience and race relations, among many other
themes. The play, which won the 1987 Pulitzer
Prize for Drama and the 1987 Tony Award for Best Play, was chosen for CCAC’s 50th Anniversary performance
because of Wilson’s and the play’s strong association with Pittsburgh,
according to George Jaber, CCAC Theatre professor and department head.
A seven-member cast from the
Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company will perform the play on a set designed
and constructed by CCAC students and staff. The running of the show will be a
collaboration of the company and the college. CCAC’s and PPTC’s production of Fences is timely, with a new movie
version starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis currently being filmed in
Pittsburgh’s Hill District where Wilson spent his early years.
Mark Clayton Southers, founder
and artistic director of the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, said, “The play deals with a lot of aspects of the
human condition, such as truth, honor and betrayal. The South Campus Theatre is
a beautiful space, and I think it’s going to play well there.”
The public is invited to
attend a pre-show reception with a 1950s barbecue theme, which will be held on
opening night at 6:00 p.m. Attendees can also view a new mosaic tile
installation created by CCAC art students under the direction of renowned installation
artist Laura Jean McLaughlin. The unveiling of the installation will take place
near the main entrance of the campus at 6:45 p.m.
suggested donation of $5 will benefit the 50th Anniversary South
Campus Scholarship Fund. Non-perishable
food items for the Campus Cupboard South Food Pantry will also be accepted.
more information, call 412.469.6219. The CCAC South Campus Theatre is located
at 1750 Clairton Road, West Mifflin, Pa., 15122.
This event is just one of many exciting activities
CCAC is holding throughout the year to which the public is invited to celebrate
the college’s 50th anniversary. Each event showcases the uniqueness
of CCAC and the vibrancy and diversity of its student body. For more
information about CCAC’s 50th Anniversary, go to: http://50.ccac.edu/
###About the Community College of Allegheny County
CCAC annually educates nearly 30,000 credit students through more than
150 degree, certificate, diploma and transfer programs and offers thousands of
students access to noncredit and workforce development courses. The learning-centered
institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and
offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the
region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our
changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer
credits to approximately 500 colleges and universities and support regional
workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and
online in Allegheny County and beyond. Visit www.ccac.edu to learn more.