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Woodstock Town Hall Theatre Presents Tony Award-Winning Play "Fences"

Apr 26, 2017 02:39PM ● Published by Linda Ditch

The stage production of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play Fences begins on April 27 at the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre (31 The Green).

Directed by JAG Productions artistic director and theater veteran Jarvis Antonio Green and written by August Wilson, the play is set in 1950s Pittsburgh. Troy Maxson (played by film, TV, and theater actor Brian Anthony Wilson) works on a garbage truck and was a former Negro Baseball League star. His inability to move up in the major leagues because of his race has left him sad and bitter. Having to cope with his emotional baggage are his wife, Rose (played by TV and Broadway actress Danielle Lee Greaves), and his son Cory (portrayed by Dartmouth freshman Gabriel Jenkinson), who has professional sports dreams of his own. With the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement as a backdrop, the play shows how race and a broken human spirit can impact a family.

Fences first opened on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre on March 26, 1987. It ran for 525 performances and won Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play (James Earl Jones as Troy), Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play (Mary Alice as Rose), and Best Direction of a Play (Lloyd Richards.)

A revival of the play in 2010 resulted in Tony Awards for Denzel Washington as Troy and Viola Davis as Rose. The two also reprised their roles in the film version, which was released last December. Davis won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Performances of Fences run Thursdays through Sundays until May 7.  The first two nights are preview performances, with tickets just $20. 

Opening night is officially April 29. 

Tickets are $30 for adults, $28 for seniors, $17 for children 17 and under, and $25 for Pentangle members. Many of the performance are followed by a talk-back session. Most shows begin at 7:30pm, with matinees at 2pm on April 30 and May 6. There is a 5pm performance on May 7. 

To purchase tickets, visit www.jagproductionsvt.com/fences or call (802) 457-3981. 

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