Bates, Jennings and Robinson Will Build Fences at South Coast Rep
By Kenneth Jones
South Coast Repertory has announced casting for its Jan. 22-Feb. 21 production of August Wilson's Fences, the drama about tensions in a Pittsburgh family in the 1950s.
Charlie Robinson (of TV's "Night Court") will play Troy Maxson, the brutish, flawed patriarch who once played baseball in the Negro League and now spars with his wife, Rose (played by Juanita Jennings of "Meet the Browns"), and his athlete son, Cory (played by Larry Bates). Seret Scott will direct a cast that also includes Gregg Daniel (Bono), Brandon J. Dirden (Lyons), Baron Kelly (Gabe) and, in alternating performances, Skye Whitebear and Sofya Ogunseitan (Raynell).
Opening night at South Coast Repertory's Segerstrom Stage is Jan. 29.
Fences is one of the most popular and acclaimed titles of the late Wilson's ten-play Century Cycle, each of which depicts African-American life in a different decade of the 1900s. It won the Pulitzer Prize, the Tony and the Drama Desk Award in 1987.
SCR's Fences creative team includes Shaun Motley (set design), Dana Rebecca Woods (costume design), Peter Maradudin (lighting design), Jim Ragland (sound design), Chrissy Church (assistant stage manager) and Jamie Tucker (stage manager).
Robinson was last seen at SCR in the world premiere of My Wandering Boy, and prior to that in Wilson's The Piano Lesson. Robinson won the 2006 Ovation Award for Best Actor in a Play for his earlier work as Troy in Fences, a role he played for six months at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He is widely known for his television credits, especially as Mac in "Night Court."
For tickets, call the box office at (714) 708-5555 or visit www.scr.org.
South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, CA.
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