By Carey Purcell
27 Nov 2013
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Fences will officially open Dec. 4 and continue through Dec. 22 on The Claire Tow Stage in the C. Newton Schenck III Theatre.
The cast includes Taylor Dior (Annie Jr.) as Raynell, Phil McGlaston (The Orphans' Home Cycle, Good People) as Jim Bono, Jared McNeil (The Suit, The Valley of Astonishment) as Lyons, Chris Myers (Honky, A Midsummer Night's Dream) as Corey, Portia (Ruined, "30 Rock") as Rose, Esau Pritchett (A Free Man of Color) as Troy Maxson and G. Alvarez Reid (Broke-Ology, Seven Guitars) as Gabriel.
Here's how the production is billed: "Troy Maxson found glory in the Negro Leagues battling fastballs on the outside corner, the pitches that meant life or death for a baseball player. But it’s the 1950s, and his opportunity to play in the major leagues has passed. Now he’s a garbage man struggling to provide for his family, trying to contain his bitterness as he seeks solace from spinning tales on his front porch. Because of his race, Troy is left in a world where life’s daily battles take on the scope of epic conflict. This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic by August Wilson, part of his renowned Century Cycle, introduces one of the truly unforgettable characters of the American stage to Long Wharf Theatre audiences."
Rashad's acting credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Gem of the Ocean, A Raisin in the Sun and Jelly's Last Jam. The three-time Emmy nominee's screen work includes "The Cosby Show," "For Colored Girls" and "A Raisin in the Sun."
Tickets and more information are available by calling (203) 787-4282 or visiting longwharf.org.