In conjunction with the Chattanooga Theatre Centre's upcoming production of August Wilson’s "Fences," Pedro E. Alvarado, education director of the National August Wilson Society, will give a free community lecture titled “August Wilson and His American Century Cycle” on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. at the CTC.
As one of a growing number of theatres committing to produce all of his works, the Theatre Centre is embarking on August Wilson’s “American Century Cycle” of 10 plays with its production of his towering masterpiece "Fences." Mr. Alvarado’s lecture will focus on August Wilson the man, the American Century Cycle, and "Fences." The event will also feature Ricardo Morris, director of the CTC's production of "Fences," as well as some cast members of the show.
Alvarado is a doctoral student in theatre and performance studies at the University of Georgia. His primary area of research is the canon of August Wilson. He also earned a bachelor of interdisciplinary studies degree in theatre performance at Georgia State University and an M.A. in religious studies. His recent essay on Wilson was published in The Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance.
In addition to his academic achievements, Mr. Alvarado has won the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival New Play Project Directing Award.
Admission to the lecture is free.
"Fences" opens Feb. 15 and runs through March 3. For tickets, call the CTC box office at 423-267-8534 or visit TheatreCentre.com