Paul Deaner

Paul Deaner was awed by August Wilson's Fences.

That's where it started.

What he did with that feeling is coming to fruition tonight when Lake Superior Community Theater's production of the stage play opens in Duluth.

And in a town where directors insist they can't find actors of color to audition for their shows, Deaner hopes he may be laying the groundwork for some social change as well.

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Part artistic endeavor, part social experiment, part intercultural icebreaker ... Lake Superior Community Theatre announces plans to produce Fences, August Wilson's  Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play about the black cultural experience in America.

Director Paul Deaner on why "somebody has to start the ball rolling somewhere here," informational drop-in sessions rather than auditions, how he expects to learn and be taught along the way by his cast and his hopes to begin discussions about getting more shows by and for people of color here in the Northland.