"TRANSFIXING! ELECTRIC PERFORMANCES! An outstanding new production." - The Boston Globe
"MAGIC! August Wilson at his finest! Fences shines throughout."- Boston Herald
"A blockbuster and a major American play."- New York Daily News
When his rise through the Negro baseball leagues hit the ceiling of racial prejudice, Troy Maxson turned away from a world of unfulfilled promises and denied opportunities. But in 1957, his son Cory, an emerging football star, sees the world through very different eyes, and his wife Rose yearns for an outlet for her love.
Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, Fences is the sixth chapter in August Wilson's groundbreaking ten-play cycle of the African-American experience in the 20th century and the ninth of his plays to be staged by the Huntington, one of Wilson's longstanding artistic homes.
"The Huntington provided August with an artistic home throughout his career and Kenny has been such an important part of that special relationship. Fences is one of only two plays from his magnificent opus that we have not yet produced – we take one step closer to completing his cycle with one of his greatest." — Peter DuBois
ASL synopsis for the Huntington's production of August Wilson's Fences.
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Fences by August Wilson. Under construction in the shops at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston MA.
These are the scenic design renderings for our production of Fences by August Wilson.
"One of the richest experiences I have ever had in the theatre. I wasn't just moved. I was transfixed." - The New York Daily News
"Time has enhanced the luster of Fences. Dozens of dysfunctional-family dramas have come and gone since its 1987 Pulitzer win, but August Wilson's tragedy of a working man at war with his family and his own identity circa 1957 stands apart thanks to its distinctive lyricism and theatricality and its unforgettable central character. The play's singular achievement: It is specific enough to act as a cornerstone of Wilson's 10-play Pittsburgh cycle, yet universal enough to touch a chord in every human heart." - The New York Times
John Beasley has appeared regionally in August Wilson's Two Trains Running (Goodman Theatre, dir. Lloyd Richards), Jitney (Alliance Theatre, dir. Kenny Leon), and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (John Beasley Theater).
Eugene Lee previously appeared in Huntington's Radio Golf and Gem of the Ocean. Regional credits include four of the plays in August Wilson’s 20th Century (Kennedy Center), Two Trains Running (Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre); ...
Crystal Fox previously appeared in Huntington's Blues for an Alabama Sky. Off Broadway, she appeared in Everybody’s Ruby at The Public Theater.
Brandon J. Dirden, on Broadway, appeared in Prelude To A Kiss (Roundabout Theatre Company, dir. Daniel Sullivan), and Off Broadway in The First Breeze of Summer (Signature Theatre, dir. Ruben Santiago-Hudson).
Bill Nunn is a veteran of stage, film, and television. He appeared on Broadway in the critically acclaimed revival of A Raisin in the Sun, and was a company member with the milestone presentation of August Wilson’s 20th Century at The Kennedy Center.
Warner Miller appeared in The Old Globe’s premiere of Since Africa. His credits include August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Syracuse Stage), The Piano Lesson (Geva Theatre and Indiana Repertory Theatre), False Creeds (Alliance Theatre), ...
Faith Lambert has appeared in many shows at Brown University's Rites and Reason Theatre, as well as playing Little Lala in The Colored Museum at the Providence Black Repertory Theatre.
Hyacinth Tauriac performed with Pocket Players, Jr., a troupe that performs in both English and American Sign Language. She attends Country School in Weston, Massachusetts. Both of her parents are graduates of Boston University.
August Wilson authored Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Fences, Two Trains Running, Jitney, King Hedley II, and Radio Golf. These works explore the heritage and experience of African-Americans decade-by-decade over the course of the 20th century.
Kenny Leon directed the Huntington productions of August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean and Radio Golf. His Broadway work includes the 2004 Tony Award-winning revival of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, which recorded the highest-grossing weekly box office sales for a Broadway drama.
Marjorie Bradley Kellogg recently designed the world premiere of Margaret Garner for the Michigan Opera.
Mariann Verheyen has designed for the Huntington since its premiere season. Her most recent credits include Fences and Present Laughter (IRNE Award).
Ann Wrightson previously designed Blues for an Alabama Sky, A Raisin in the Sun, and Scenes from the Mississippi Delta for the Huntington.
Ben Emerson has Huntington design credits that include A Long and Winding Road, Fences, The Miracle at Naples, What the Butler Saw, Cookin' at the Cookery, Gross Indecency, Cabaret Verboten, and The Glass Menagerie.
Dwight D. Andrews has previously composed music for the Huntington productions of From the Mississippi Delta, The Piano Lesson, and Seven Guitars.
Alaine Alldaffer is also the casting director for Playwrights Horizons, where her credits include Grey Gardens (also for Broadway), Clybourne Park (also for Broadway), and Circle Mirror Transformation (Drama Desk and Obie Awards for Best Ensemble and an Artios Award for casting).
Leslie Sears has worked on the Huntington premieres of Sons of the Prophet, Vengeance is the Lord’s, A Civil War Christmas, The Miracle at Naples, and How Shakespeare Won the West, as well as Invisible Man, Private Lives, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Ruined, Bus Stop, Prelude to a Kiss, All My Sons, Fences, The Corn is Green, and The Rivals. Ms. Sears is a graduate of Boston University where she teaches stage management.
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