By Kia Croom
Richmond resident and actor Jim “Dorian” Lockett has a starring role in the stage play “Fences,” written by Pulitzer Prize winning, African American playwright August Wilson and directed by Gene Kahane, currently showing at the Altarena Playhouse in Alameda.
Lockett plays Troy, a middle-aged garbage man who is struggling to support his family. His character once had aspirations to play major league baseball and believes his race was a barrier. Troy’s day-to-day frustrations ultimately affect his relationships in his immediately family.
As if life itself is not frustrating enough for Troy, he has an unfinished fence in his backyard. But what is he trying to keep out?
For the last 10 years, Lockett has been pursuing acting on and off before kicking his acting career into high gear.
“At first, I was scared to move to Los Angeles, like most actors do,” he said. “But when I hit 30, I decided I’d give it a try. I had to get out and start doing it. It has been a fun ride.”
Lockett is no stranger to the stage. In fact, most of his work has been on local productions, including “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Of Mice and Men” and others. He has also taken roles in the Investigation Discovery Network show, “I Almost Got Away with It,” which follows stories of fugitives doing anything they can to escape from prison.
In addition to “Fences,” Lockett is featured in a Langston Hughes Touring Series, where he and a group of actors travel to schools performing Langston Hughes poems. The touring series is appearing at local schools including El Cerrito High.
Lockett is an Oakland native and father of six boys. He is available for booking and speaking engagements and can be reached at (510) 962-2497.
“Fences” will appear at the Altarena Playhouse in Alameda through Sunday, Feb. 19. Tickets are $19 for students and senior citizens and $22 for adults. For information or to purchase tickets visit www.altarena.org or call (510) 523-1553.