Chalk will play Cory opposite the Troy Maxson of Academy Award winner Washington. As previously announced, Oscar nominee and Tony winner Viola Davis will play mother and wife Rose. Previews begin April 14 at the Cort Theatre. Opening is April 26.
Also signed for the Kenny Leon-directed staging are 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 is the 1987 Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning play by Wilson — one play in a cycle of ten about the African-American experience in the 20th century.
This will be a strictly limited 13-week engagement. Tickets are now on sale through Telecharge.com and can be purchased in person at the Cort Theatre box office beginning Feb. 8.
Fences takes place over eight years from 1957 to 1965. Washington stars as Troy Maxson, a Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of a baseball career, but was too old when the major leagues finally admitted black players. According to production notes, "As he faces off against the racial barrier at work and his own disappointments, Troy also grapples with his son, Cory, over the teenager's hope for a football scholarship and with his wife, Rose (Viola Davis), who confronts Troy over a child he has fathered with another woman."
Fences is produced by Carole Shorenstein Hays (who produced the original Broadway production) and Scott Rudin. The full creative team will be announced soon.