Fences

Play

Writers: August Wilson

Context

Fences is the sixth play in August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle. Premiering in 1987 at the 46th St. Theatre, directed by Lloyd Richards and featuring James Earl Jones as Troy, Fences went on to win the Tony Award for Best Play, Best Performance by a leading actor in a play (Jones), Best Performance by a featured actress in a play (Mary Alice) and best direction of a play (Richards). it also won Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding new play, Outstanding Actor in a play and Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play. Fences is also August Wilson’s second Pulitzer Prize winning play (following The Piano

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