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Stephen McKinley Henderson of FENCES Featured in the New York Times

THE NEW YORK TIMES
June 9, 2010

A Stalwart in the Club of “Essential” Wise Men

By PATRICK HEALY
He didn’t realize it at the time, but the actor Stephen McKinley Henderson first auditioned for August Wilson on a street corner in Pittsburgh in 1990, seven years before they first worked together on the Wilson play “Jitney.” Mr. Henderson was researching the city’s Hill District for a role in Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” and a chance encounter with one of the playwright’s sisters led to an introduction.

“Before August would talk, though, he wanted to know if I was for real,” Mr. Henderson recalled in an interview last month. Wilson then asked if he knew the firebrand poet Amiri Baraka. “I said I knew Amiri. He said, ‘Do you know some of the poems?’ So I started reciting a poem by Amiri called ‘Black Art,’ and August started nodding, smiling, saying, ‘Oh yeah, man, that’s a good one, that’s a good one.’ Continue reading

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FENCES’ Davis, Leon & Henderson on “Theater Talk” This Weekend

WATCH FENCES’

VIOLA DAVIS, KENNY LEON

& STEPHEN McKINLEY HENDERSON

ON “THEATER TALK”

www.FencesOnBroadway.com

Academy Award nominee and Tony-winner Viola Davis, director Kenny Leon and Stephen McKinley Henderson, all Tony-nominated for their work on FENCES, will appear this weekend on “Theater Talk.”Theater Talk” airs on Channel Thirteen on Saturday, May 22 at 12:30 AM and on CUNY TV Saturday, May 22 at 8:30 PM; Sunday, May 13 at 12:30 PM and Monday, May 24 at 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 7:30 PM.

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Meet The Nominees – STEPHEN MCKINLEY HENDERSON, FENCES – BEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY

STEPHEN MCKINLEY HENDERSON


NOMINATIONS/WINS:

TONY Awards – Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play

Mr. Henderson also won the  2000 Drama Desk Award for Jitney

LINKS:

Production Website: www.FencesOnBroadway.com

Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/FencesBroadway

Twitter Page: www.Twitter.com/FencesBroadway

Youtube Page: www.Youtube.com/FencesBroadway

Broadway.com: www.broadway.com/Fences

Wikipedia.org:www.wikipedia.org/StephenMcKinleyHenderson

IMDB.com: www.imdb.com/StephenMcKinleyHenderson

BIOGRAPHY:

STEPHEN McKINLEY HENDERSON (Jim Bono). Broadway credits include August Wilson’s King Hedley II and the revival of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; Dracula; Drowning Crow. Stephen was a member of Mr. Wilson’s celebrated Jitney ensemble (2002 Olivier Award for Outstanding Drama). Other credits: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at the Public, Death of a Salesman at Yale Rep, Signature Theatre’s Wilson Season, and Kenny Leon’s historic Century Cycle Readings at Kennedy Center. Film/TV work includes HBO’s Everyday People, Fox’s New Amsterdam, Law and Order. Professor and former Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance for University at Buffalo, SUNY. Member of the LAByrinth Theater Company, The Actor’s Center, and a Fox Foundation Fellow.

 

Clip From FENCES featuring STEPHEN MCKINLEY HENDERSON

 


“Stephen McKinley Henderson is the quintessential Wilson interpreter.” Entertainment Weekly

“Stephen McKinley Henderson is delightful.” Bloomberg

“Stephen McKinley Henderson is deeply moving.” Hollywood Reporter


PRODUCTION PHOTO:

[Pictured: Denzel Washington (Troy Maxson), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Jim Bono)]

www.FencesOnBroadway.com

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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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2009-2010 TONY AWARD NOMINATIONS

2009-2010 TONY AWARD NOMINATIONS

Nominations for the 64th annual Antoinette Perry Tony Awards, celebrating excellence on Broadway, were announced this morning.

A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE has been nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play (Christopher Walken).

COLLECTED STORIES has been nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play (Linda Lavin).

EVERYDAY RAPTURE has been nominated for Best Actress in a Musical (Sherie Rene Scott) and Best Book of a Musical (Dick Scanlan & Sherie Rene Scott).

FENCES has been nominated for Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play (Denzel Washington), Best Performance by a Leading Actresss in a Play (Viola Davis), 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), and Best Original Score (Branford Marsalis).

HAMLET has been nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play (Jude Law) and Best Lighting Design of a Play (Neil Austin)

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES has been nominated for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical (Terry Johnson), Best Choreography (Lynne Page), Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Kelsey Grammer), Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Douglas Hodge), Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Robin De Jesus), Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Tim Shortall), Best Costume Design of a Musical (Matthew Wright), Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Nick Richings), Best Sound Design of a Musical (Jonathan Deans) and Best Orchestrations (Jason Carr).

LEND ME A TENOR has been nominated for Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play (Jan Maxwell), and Best Costume Design of a Play (Martin Pakledinaz).

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC has been nominated for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Catherine Zeta-Jones), Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (Angela Lansbury) and Best Sound Design of a Musical (Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen).

LOOPED
has been nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play (Valerie Harper).

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
has been nominated for Best Musical, Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Levi Kreis) and Best Book of a Musical (Colin Escott & Floyd Mutrux).

NEXT FALL
has been nominated for Best Play and Best Direction of a Play (Sheryl Kaller).
 
PRESENT LAUGHTER has been nominated for Best Scenic Design in a Play (Alexander Dodge).

RAGTIME
has been nominated for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical (Marcia Milgrom Dodge), Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Christiane Noll), Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Bobby Steggert), Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Derek McLane), Best Costume Design of a Musical (Santo Loquasto) and Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Donald Holder).
 
RED has been nominated for Best Play, Best Actor in a Play (Alfred Molina), Best Featured Actor in a Play (Eddie Redmayne), Best Director of a Play (Michael Grandage), Best Set Design (Christopher Oram), Best Lighting Design (Neil Austin) and Best Sound Design (Adam Cork).
 
THE ROYAL FAMILY has been nominated for Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play (Jan Maxwell), Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play (Rosemary Harris), Best Scenic Design of a Play, (John Lee Beatty), and Best Costume Design of a Play (Catherine Zuber).
 
SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM has been nominated for Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Barbara Cook) and Best Sound Design of a Musical (Dan Moses Schreier).
 
TIME STANDS STILL has been nominated for Best Play and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play (Laura Linney).
 
A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE has been nominated for Best Revival of a Play, Best Direction of a Play (Gregory Mosher), Best Actor in a Play (Liev Schreiber), Best Actress in a Play (Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Hecht) and Best Sound Design of a Play (Scott Lehrer).
 
Not for profit company nominations:
 
MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB productions have been honored with eight Tony Award nominations including five for THE ROYAL FAMILY, two for TIME STANDS STILL and one for COLLECTED STORIES.

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY productions have been honored with five nominations including two for EVERYDAY RAPTURE, two for SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM and one for PRESENT LAUGHTER.
 
TO READ THE COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES, VISIT: WWW.TONYAWARDS.COM 

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