Beasley, Dirden, Fox, Lee, Miller, Nunn Cast in Huntington's Fences; Leon Directs

News   Beasley, Dirden, Fox, Lee, Miller, Nunn Cast in Huntington's Fences; Leon Directs Casting has been announced for the Huntington Theatre Company's upcoming production of August Wilson's Fences, which launches the Boston company's 2009-2010 theatre season.

Kenny Leon
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Directed by Kenny Leon, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Fences will play the Boston University Theatre Sept. 11-Oct. 11. Opening night is scheduled for Sept. 16.

The cast will feature John Beasley as Troy with Brandon J. Dirden as Lyons, Crystal Fox as Rose, Eugene Lee as Bobo, Warner Miller as Cory and Bill Nunn as Gabriel.

Fences, according to press notes, "is the story of Troy Maxson, a former Negro Leagues star who peaked too soon for baseball's integration and instead hit the ceiling of racial prejudice. Working as a garbage collector in 1957 Pittsburgh, Troy is resentful of a world that denied him the opportunities for the national success he feels he deserves. Troy's son Cory, an emerging football star, sees the world through very different eyes than his father, but paralyzed by his bitterness, Troy refuses to support his son's ambitions. Meanwhile, Troy's wife Rose yearns for a true outlet for her love, his son Lyons strives for his father's love and respect, and his brother Gabriel, a mentally-disabled war veteran, offers Troy a different perspective of the world."

The design team includes scenic designer Marjorie Bradley, lighting designer Ann Wrightson and sound designer Ben Emerson. Composer Dwight C. Andrews contributes original music. Production stage manager is Leslie Sears; stage manager is Vanessa Coakley.

The Boston University Theatre is located at 264 Huntington Avenue in Boston, MA. Tickets, priced $20-$82.50, will be available beginning Aug. 20 by visiting huntingtontheatre.org or by calling (617) 266-0800.