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FENCES Featured by the Associated Press

ASSOCIATED PRESS
May 7, 2010

 ‘Fences’ stars look to family to find characters

By MICHAEL KUCHWARA AP Drama Writer
 
NEW YORK—Family is not a bad place to start when searching for ways to portray the lead characters in “Fences,” August Wilson’s most popular and perhaps most personal play.

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Meet The Nominees – FENCES – BEST REVIVAL of a PLAY

PRODUCTION NAME: Fences

NOMINATIONS/WINS:

TONY AWARDS

* Best Revival of a Play – August Wilson, Playwright

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre – Branford Marsalis, Music

* Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play – Denzel Washington

* Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play – Viola Davis

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play – Stephen McKinley Henderson

Best Direction of a Play – Kenny Leon

Best Scenic Design of a Play – Santo Loquasto

Best Costume Design of a Play – Constanza Romero

Best Lighting Design of a Play – Brian MacDevitt

Best Sound Design of a Play – Acme Sound Partners

FENCES won OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE awards for Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Actor in a Play (Denzel Washington) and Outstanding Actress in a Play (Viola Davis).

FENCES won DRAMA DESK AWARDS for Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Viola Davis) and Outstanding Music in a Play.


LINKS:

Production Website: www.fencesonbroadway.com

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/fencesonbroadway

Twitter Page: http://twitter.com/fencesbroadway

Youtube Page: http://www.youtube.com/FencesBroadway

BLURB ABOUT SHOW:

Two-time Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington returns to Broadway, alongside Academy Award nominee and Tony Award® winner Viola Davis, in August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Both a monumental drama and an intimate family portrait, FENCES tells the story of Troy Maxson, a man torn between the glory of his past and the uncertainty of his future. Emboldened by pride and embittered by sacrifice, Troy is determined to make life better for future generations, even as he struggles to embrace the dreams of his own son. Directed by Tony nominee Kenny Leon.

FENCES Montage


Watch Denzel Washington & Viola Davis on ABC News. CLICK HERE

NPR MORNING EDITION: \’Fences\’: Where Washington And Wilson Finally Meet


“The clash is potent in the SIZZLING NEW REVIVAL of August Wilson’s ever-popular FENCES. DENZEL WASHINGTON GIVES HIS FINEST STAGE PERFORMANCE TO DATE.  VIOLA DAVIS is UTTERLY BRILLIANT – she is RIVETING as Washington’s IDEAL MARITAL MATCH. Under KENNY LEON’s astute direction, the skilled Washington and Davis RAISE THE TEMPERATURE in this simmering household.”Washington Post, Peter Marks

“A MASTERPIECE.  DYNAMITE!  A SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT. When you walk out of the theater, you’ll be so wrapped up in August Wilson’s world that a long time will go by before you find your way back into your own.  VIOLA DAVIS is SOMETHING ELSE. Her performance goes straight into the scrapbook of stage performances from which you learn how BRUTALLY TRUE TO LIFE GREAT ACTING CAN BE.” – Wall Street Journal, Terry Teachout

“GENUINELY GLORIOUS.  VIBRANTLY ACTED. DENZEL WASHINGTON and VIOLA DAVIS generate shiver-making heart and pathos, with scenes as vivid and heartfelt as any on Broadway now.  Under KENNY LEON’s EXPERTLY FLUID DIRECTION, Washington’s Troy morphs into an ARRESTING figure as he redefines Troy on his own terms.  VIOLA DAVIS is MAGNIFICENT – she has EXTRAORDINARY POWER, and may well pick up a Tony for her work here.” The New York Times, Ben Brantley

A DRAMATIC HOME RUN! FENCES TAKES THE AUDIENCE FOR A RIDE and keeps you on the EDGE OF YOUR SEAT.  It’s DEEPLY AFFECTING THEATER, gorgeously acted by an incredible cast. The cast is dedicated and honest – the BEST POSSIBLE TRIBUTE TO A PLAY ABOUT A FAMILY.” – New York Post, Elizabeth Vincentelli

“GORGEOUS. THRILLING. UNMISSABLE.  DENZEL WASHINGTON and VIOLA DAVIS are MESMERIZING. You just do not see performances like this on Broadway.  THE FINEST REVIVAL YET OF AN AUGUST WILSON PLAY.” – The New Yorker, John Lahr

“UNMISTAKABLY POWERFUL.  A BLISTERING PRODUCTION, directed with a sure, steady hand by KENNY LEON.  DENZEL WASHINGTON gives a big, bold performance in a big, bold play, rife with emotion.  VIOLA DAVIS is DEVASTATINGLY TRUTHFUL.  She gives an INCANDESCENT performance.”Associated Press, Michael Kuchwara

PRODUCTION PHOTO:

[Pictured: Viola Davis (Rose), Denzel Washington (Troy Maxson)]

www.fencesonbroadway.com

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FENCES Receives Rave Review from The Wall Street Journal

The first Broadway revival of August Wilson’s FENCES, starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, opened to rave reviews on Monday night at the Cort Theatre. Below is the Wall Street Journal’s addition to the chorus of critical acclaim for the production, directed by Kenny Leon.

Cheers for Viola Davis – and August Wilson


By Terry Teachout
April 30, 2010

The star of a show doesn’t always get top billing. Denzel Washington is by far the biggest name associated with the first Broadway revival of August Wilson’s “Fences,” but my guess is that it’s Viola Davis whose performance is going to stick with you. Not that Mr. Washington is anything less than solid, but Ms. Davis is something else again. I knew she was a remarkable artist—anyone who saw her in the Off-Broadway premiere of Lynn Nottage’s “Intimate Apparel” or the film version of John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt” knows that—but what she’s doing this time around goes straight into my scrapbook of stage performances from which you learn how brutally true to life great acting can be.

First, though, a few words about “Fences,” the story of a retired Negro League baseball player (Mr. Washington) who, disappointed by a career that failed to measure up to his great expectations, seeks to soothe his hurt by cheating on his long-suffering wife (Ms. Davis). Written in 1983 and first seen on Broadway in 1987, “Fences” is one of the half-dozen finest American stage plays of the postwar era. Unlike the later, more long-winded works in Mr. Wilson’s 10-play “Pittsburgh cycle,” such as “King Hedley II” and “Radio Golf,” it steers clear of self-conscious sermonizing. What “Fences” has to say is shown, not told, and the aria-like speeches and monologues of the principal characters exist not to score debating points but to unmask their secret hearts.

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FENCES Announces Additional Casting

ADDITIONAL CASTING ANNOUNCED

DENZEL WASHINGTON

AUGUST WILSON’S

FENCES

VIOLA DAVIS

ALSO FEATURING
CHRIS CHALK, STEPHEN McKINLEY HENDERSON
RUSSELL HORNSBY, MYKELTI WILLIAMSON

DIRECTED BY
KENNY LEON

PRODUCTION OPENS MONDAY, APRIL 26 AT THE CORT THEATRE;
PREVIEWS BEGIN APRIL 14

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Additional casting is set for the first Broadway revival of FENCES, the 1987 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by August Wilson, starring two-time Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington and featuring Tony Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee Viola Davis.  FENCES, directed by Kenny Leon, will open on Monday, April 26, 2010 at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street).  The strictly limited 13-week engagement will begin previews on April 14. Tickets are now on sale through Telecharge.com and can be purchased in person at the Cort Theatre box office beginning February 8.
 
In addition to Denzel Washington as Troy Maxson and Viola Davis as Rose Maxson, the cast will feature Chris Chalk (MTC’s Ruined) as Cory, Stephen McKinley Henderson (August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom & King Hedley II) as Jim Bono, Russell Hornsby (ABC’s “Lincoln Heights” & HBO’s “In Treatment”) as Lyons and Mykelti Williamson (Fox’s “24” & Forrest Gump) as Gabriel. Casting for the role of Raynell will be announced at a later date.
 
FENCES will be produced by Carole Shorenstein Hays (who produced the original Broadway production) and Scott Rudin.  
 
This production is the first Broadway revival since FENCES opened on March 26, 1987 at the 46th Street Theatre (now the Richard Rodgers Theatre). FENCES was one of the most critically acclaimed and successful plays of the 1980s, winning four Tony Awards including Best Play, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, three Drama Desk Awards, including Best Play and the NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play.

The production team for FENCES will be announced soon.
 
Ticketing Information:
Tickets for FENCES are available through Telecharge.com by phone at 212-239-6200, or 800-432-7250, or online at http://www.Telecharge.com <http://www.telecharge.com/> . Group tickets are also available through Telecharge.com. Tickets will be available in person beginning February 8 at the Cort Theatre box office (138 West 48th Street).  Box office hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
 
Tickets on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday range in price from $61.50 to $121.50. Tickets on Friday, Saturday & Sunday range in price from $61.50 to $126.50.
 
Performance Schedule:
Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Wednesday & Saturday at 2:00 p.m. & Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
 
Added Performance: Monday, June 28th at 8 p.m.
Time Change: Tuesday, April 20th at 8 p.m.
No Performance: Wednesday, April 14th at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 21st at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 27th at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 4th at 3 p.m.

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