Loop Players at Harold Washington College Presents “Fences” by August Wilson

image001Loop Players, the acclaimed 25-year-old theatre company at Harold Washington College, will perform the Pulitzer Prize winning play “Fences” by August Wilson. “Fences” tells the story of Troy Maxson, a former star of the Negro baseball leagues who now works as a garbage man. The cast and crew is a mix of Harold Washington College students, community members, and professionals.

Jaegen Ellison, Harold Washington College theatre arts student, plays the role of Cory Maxson who is the adolescent son of the Troy and is trying to create his own identity. Ellison has previously performed in productions such as, “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Our Town.” Ellison is cast alongside Harold Washington College student Alberta Deniecee Gordon, who plays Rose Maxson, and Joseph Staples, who stars as Troy Maxson.

Kathryn Nash, assistant professor in the English, Speech and Theatre Department, directs “Fences.” Nash is the director of Loop Players and has enhanced student participation in casting and the backstage crew, which is evident in this semester’s production. An added mission of Loop Players is to provide more “on-the-job” training, which serves as a bridge for students transferring to four-year colleges or to theatre careers in the Chicago area.

WHEN: Wednesdays and Fridays: November 13, 15, 20 and 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Thursdays and Saturdays: November 14, 16, 21 and 23 at 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Room 103, Washington Hall, Harold Washington College

30 E. Lake St., Chicago, IL 60601

COST: $5.00 Students and Seniors

$10.00 General Admission

For reservations or more information call 312-553-5997 or email knash@ccc.edu.

About City Colleges of Chicago

The City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) is the largest community college system in Illinois and one of the largest in the nation, with 5,500 faculty and staff serving 115,000 students annually at seven colleges and six satellite sites city-wide. CCC is in the midst of a Reinvention, a collaborative effort to review and revise programs and practices to ensure students leave CCC college- and career-ready. Its internationally-renowned College to Careers initiative partners with industry-leading companies to prepare Chicagoans for careers in growing fields.

The City Colleges of Chicago includes seven colleges: Richard J. Daley College, Kennedy-King College, Malcolm X College, Olive-Harvey College, Harry S Truman College, Harold Washington College and Wilbur Wright College. The system also oversees the Washburne Culinary Institute, the French Pastry School, two restaurants, two cafes, a banquet facility, five Child Development Centers, the Center for Distance Learning, the Workforce Academy, the public broadcast station WYCC-TV Channel 20 and radio station WKKC-FM 89.3. For more information about City Colleges of Chicago, call (773) COLLEGE or visit www.ccc.edu.