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FENCES In The News

“Gorgeous. Thrilling. Unmissable.” New Yorker




The first Broadway revival of FENCES, the 1987 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by August Wilson, opened last night to critical acclaim. Starring two-time Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington and also starring Tony Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee Viola Davis, FENCES is playing a strictly limited 13-week engagement at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street, NYC). FENCES is directed by Kenny Leon.

FENCES was nominated for four 2010 Outer Critics Circle Awards this week including Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Director of a Play (Kenny Leon), Outstanding Actor in a Play (Denzel Washington) and Outstanding Actress in a Play (Viola Davis). The production is also nominated for three 2010 Drama League Awards including Distinguished Revival of a Play and Distinguished Performance nominations for Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. Kenny Leon will be awarded the Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing at the Drama League Awards this year.

The production has been in the news lately.  Here are some recent stories about FENCES star Viola Davis:

Viola Davis on the Fence 
Wall Street Journal
April 27, 2010
By Christopher John Farley
A crowd gathered to catch a glimpse of Viola Davis and Denzel Washington as they exited the Cort Theatre on West 48th Street after a recent preview performance of the Broadway show “Fences.” Mr. Washington apparently managed to slip out unseen, but Ms. Davis emerged to cheers and stopped to absorb the adulation. The audience feedback is part of what attracts the actress to live theater. “It’s intoxicating,” she says.

Born in Saint Matthews, S.C., and raised in what she says was “abject poverty” in Central Falls, R.I., where her father worked grooming horses, Ms. Davis is enjoying a career surge. In 2009, she earned a best supporting actress Oscar nomination for her role opposite Meryl Streep in “Doubt,” and this year she’s set to appear in “Knight and Day” with Tom Cruise, and “Eat Pray Love” with Julia Roberts.

In the current revival of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Fences,” which opened at the Cort on Monday night, she plays Rose, the wife of philandering Pittsburgh garbage man Troy Maxson (Mr. Washington). Ms. Davis, who won a Tony for her role in Wilson’s play “King Hedley II” in 2001, talked to The Wall Street Journal about Mr. Washington, Ms. Streep, and movie stars who move to the stage.
Click here to read the interview. <http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704446704575206671363862964.html>

Viola Davis on ‘Fences’ 
New York Times
Audio Slideshow Interview
April 27, 2010
Viola Davis talks to NYTimes.com about August Wilson, Denzel Washington and returning to Broadway in Fences.
Click here to watch the video. <http://video.nytimes.com/video/2010/04/26/theater/1247467708862/viola-davis-on-fences.html>

Fences Star Viola Davis on Denzel, August Wilson and Her Red-Hot Film Career 
Broadway.com Q&A
April 26, 2010
Interview by Kathy Henderson
Viola Davis’ Oscar-nominated performance as an anguished mother in the screen adaptation of Doubt put her on Hollywood’s A-list, and the versatile actress soon found herself playing an artist on TV’s United States of Tara and Julia Roberts’ best friend in the eagerly awaited movie Eat, Pray, Love. In a recent news flash, Davis has landed the coveted lead role of Mississippi maid Aibileen in the upcoming film version of top-selling novel The Help. But never mind all that: The big story for theater fans is that Davis is giving a fierce star performance as Rose Maxson opposite Denzel Washington in August Wilson’s Fences at the Cort Theatre. It’s her third time playing a Wilson heroine on Broadway, after a Tony-nominated performance in Seven Guitars (1996) and Tony-winning turn in King Hedley II (2001). A few days before Fences’ April 26 opening, the friendly and soft-spoken actress chatted with Broadway.com about the legacy of August Wilson and the fun of being in demand at age 44.

How does it feel to be back on the New York stage for the first time in six years?
Fantastic. I’m reminded of all the things I love about acting: the live audience, the interaction with the other actors and the relationships that develop over a period of time—all the things you miss when you’re doing TV and film.

Click here to read the interview. <http://www.broadway.com/shows/fences/buzz/fences-star-viola-davis-denzel-august-wilson-and-her-red-hot-film-career/>

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