"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

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"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

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Artists

  • John Beasley Troy Maxson
  • Eugene LeeBono
  • Crystal FoxRose
  • Brandon J. DirdenLyons
  • Bill NunnGabriel
  • Warner MillerCory
  • Faith LambertRaynell (at select performances)
  • Hyacinth TauriacRaynell (at select performances)
  • August WilsonPlaywright
  • Kenny LeonDirector
  • Marjorie Bradley KelloggScenic Designer
  • Mariann VerheyenCostume Designer
  • Ann WrightsonLighting Designer
  • Ben EmersonSound Designer
  • Dwight D. AndrewsMusic Direction & Original Music
  • Alaine AlldafferCasting
  • Leslie SearsProduction Stage Manager
  • Vanessa CoakleyStage Manager

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