Theater News Online
free issue
London Theatre Reviews
NY Theater Reviews
LTN Recommendations
NYTN Recommendations
Book Reviews
Movie Reviews
London Theatre Archives
NY Theater Archives
Latest New York News
Latest London News
NY News Archives
London News Archives
Peter Filichia's Monday Quiz
Dining and Travel
London Theatre Listings
NY Broadway Listings
Off-Broadway Listings
London Tickets
Advertise with us

Give a Gift


Adagio Teas
   Features  >  LATEST NEW YORK NEWS

at Broadway

By David Lefkowitz
Published March 19 2008

With August Wilson's 10-play cycle already a part of the canon of modern theater classics, and with black productions recently making stronger inroads into commercial Broadway (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Passing Strange, The Color Purple), what better time for a revival of Wilson's most commercially successful work, Fences?

Actually, the idea for a revival was none other than Wilson's. Dining with producer Carole Shorenstein Hays in 2005 on his 60th birthday, the playwright suggested a remount of his hard-hitting family drama. Hays agreed, and even though Wilson died that October, she's been working towards bringing Fences back ever since.

This week, she told the New York Times that a revival would happen in the fall, with Pulitzer-winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) staging. Parks, who will be making her Broadway directing debut, told the Tmes she wants to ensure the play stays, edgy and intense.

No specific dates or theater have been announced for Fences, which is set in the 1950s and thus fits chronologically in the middle of his cycle, which offered one play per decade of the 20th Century:

1900s - Gem of the Ocean

1910s - Joe Turner's Come and Gone

1920s - Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

1930s - The Piano Lesson

1940s - Seven Guitars

1950s - Fences

1960s - Two Trains Running

1970s - Jitney

1980s - King Hedley II

1990s - Radio Golf

Fences won a Best-Play Tony, New York Drama Critics Circle Award and Pulitzer Prize for its 1987 Broadway premiere, with James Earl Jones, currently in Cat, netting a Tony for his galvanic performance as the father, Troy Maxson.


SUBSCRIBE TO New York Theater News
SUBSCRIBE TO London Theater News

Yes, Prime Minister contracts its run, while A Chorus Line expands its own.
POWERHOUSE OF THEATRE - After 11 years as the Almeida Theatre's artistic director, Michael Attenborough is stepping down to focus on directing. 

SONGS FROM THE HEART - Once the Tony-Award winning musical is set to hit London in January.

Wine, Fruit, and Gourmet Gift Baskets.
Privacy Notice   |   Front Page
Copyright © All Rights Reserved.