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Themes From 'Fences' Resonate Today, And Kansas City Groups Teach Conflict Resolution

Playwright August Wilson wrote a series of ten plays, one for each decade of the 20th century, that examines the black experience in America. Today, director Ron OJ Parson takes us into the enduring themes of Fences, which looks at the 1950s, and will soon be staged at The Rep.  Also, we talk with veterans of  two Kansas City organizations, theCenter for Conflict Resolution and COMBAT, about their years of work teaching groups and individuals how to resolve conflict without violence.

Kansas City RepertoryTheatre's production of 'Fences' runs from Friday, October 13, to Sunday, November 5, at Copaken Stage. Find show dates and times at KCRep.org.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
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