Timothy Douglas, below, will direct Fences, the August Wilson play that opens Sept. 25 at American Stage in St. Petersburg. Douglas directed the premiere of Wilson's final play, Radio Golf, at the Yale Repertory Theatre in 2005.
Two years ago, American Stage embarked on performing the "Pittsburgh Cycle" of 10 Wilson plays, one for each decade of the 20th century, all but one set in Pittsburgh's Hill District. So far it has produced Gem of the Ocean and King Hedley II, both directed by St. Petersburg director Bob Devin Jones.
Douglas was associate artistic director at Actors Theatre of Louisville in 2001-04 and staged Fences there as well as two other Wilson plays, Jitney and The Piano Lesson. He has also directed at the Guthrie Theatre, Berkeley Rep and Mark Taper Forum, among other theaters.
John Fleming, Times performing arts critic