August Wilson's Fences

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August Wilson's Fences

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  2f, 5m

This sensational drama starred James Earl Jones as Troy Maxson, a former star of the Negro baseball leagues who now works as a garbage man in 1957 Pittsburgh. Excluded as a black man from the major leagues during his prime, Troy's bitterness takes its toll on his relationships with his wife and his son, who now wants his own chance to play ball. Revived in 2010 starring Denzel Washington in the lead role.

Image: 2010 Broadway Production (Joan Marcus)

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2f, 5m
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult
Accolades
Accolades
  • Winner! 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
    Winner! 2010 Tony Award, Best Revival of a Play
    Winner! 2010 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play
    Winner! 2010 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play

    August Wilson is the recipient of the 1986 Whiting Award for Drama

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Summary
This sensational drama starred James Earl Jones as Troy Maxson, a former star of the Negro baseball leagues who now works as a garbage man in 1957 Pittsburgh. Excluded as a black man from the major leagues during his prime, Troy's bitterness takes its toll on his relationships with his wife and his son, who now wants his own chance to play ball. Revived in 2010 starring Denzel Washington in the lead role.
History
Fences premiered at the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut on April 30, 1985. The production was directed by Lloyd Richards.
Cast Attributes
  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
TROY MAXSON
JIM BONO - Troy's friend
ROSE - Troy's wife
LYONS - Troy's oldest son by previous marriage
GABRIEL - Troy's brother
CORY - Troy and Rose's son
RAYNELL - Troy's daughter
  • Time Period 1950s
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Media

“A blockbuster and a major American play.” – New York Daily News
“One of the great characters in American drama. One of the richest experiences I have ever had in the theatre. I wasn't just moved. I was transfixed.” – New York Post

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  • August Wilson's Fences

    Image: 2010 Broadway Production (Joan Marcus)

  • August Wilson's Fences

    Image: 2010 Broadway Production (Joan Marcus)

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Authors

August Wilson

August Wilson (April 27, 1945 - October 2, 2005) 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 experienc ...

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