National August Wilson Society Guest to Give Free Lecture at CTC Feb. 10

In conjunction with our 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, February 10, at 4 p.m. at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.

As one of a growing number of theatres committing to produce all of his works, the Theatre Centre is embarking on Wilson’s “American Century Cycle” of 10 plays with its production of his towering masterpiece FENCES. Wilson is considered the preeminent playwright depicting the African American condition.

Alvarado’s lecture will focus on Wilson the man, the American Century Cycle, and FENCES. The event will also feature Ricardo Morris, director of our production of FENCES, as well as some cast members.

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, Alvarado has won the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival New Play Project Directing Award.

Admission to the lecture is free.

FENCES opens February 15 and runs through March 3. For tickets, call the box office at 423.267.8534 or visit

Posted January 16, 2019