Fences Plays Huntington Theatre Company Starting Sept. 11; Leon Directs

News   Fences Plays Huntington Theatre Company Starting Sept. 11; Leon Directs
The Huntington Theatre Company's production of August Wilson's Fences, which launches the Boston company's 2009-2010 theatre season, begins previews Sept. 11.

John Beasley and Bill Nunn
John Beasley and Bill Nunn

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

The cast features 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 with Faith Lambert and Hyacinth Tauriac alternating in the role of Raynell.

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, are available by visiting huntingtontheatre.org or by calling (617) 266-0800.

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