A co-presentation by Centaur Theatre Company and Black Theatre Workshop.
Directed by Mike Payette
Starring Quincy Armorer & Lucinda Davis
In this 1950s snapshot of blue collar America, August Wilson’s Fences tells the story of Troy Maxson, an African-American garbage collector and ex-convict who once had a promising future in baseball. His circumstances as a youth led him to prison, after which he settled down with Rose and made a family. Troy fights to be a better husband and father to protect his family, at the risk of tearing them apart.
APRIL 22 – MAY 10, 2020
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AUGUST WILSON (April 27, 1945 – October 2, 2005) authored Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Fences, Two Trains Running, Jitney, King Hedley II, and Radio Golf. These works explore the heritage and experience of African-Americans, decade-by-decade, over the course of the twentieth century. His plays have been produced at regional theaters across the country and all over the world, as well as on Broadway. In 2003, Mr. Wilson made his professional stage debut in his one-man show, How I Learned What I Learned. Mr. Wilson’s works garnered many awards including Pulitzer Prizes for Fences (1987); and for The Piano Lesson (1990); a Tony Award for Fences; Great Britain’s Olivier Award for Jitney; as well as eight New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Fences, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running, Seven Guitars, Jitney, and Radio Golf. Additionally, the cast recording of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom received a 1985 Grammy Award, and Mr. Wilson received a 1995 Emmy Award nomination for his screenplay adaptation of The Piano Lesson. Mr. Wilson’s early works included the one-act plays The Janitor, Recycle, The Coldest Day of the Year, Malcolm X, The Homecoming and the musical satire Black Bart and the Sacred Hills. Mr. Wilson received many fellowships and awards, including Rockefeller and Guggenheim Fellowships in Playwrighting, the Whiting Writers Award, 2003 Heinz Award, was awarded a 1999 National Humanities Medal by the President of the United States, and received numerous honorary degrees from colleges and universities, as well as the only high school diploma ever issued by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. He was an alumnus of New Dramatists, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a 1995 inductee into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and on October 16, 2005, Broadway renamed the theater located at 245 West 52nd Street – The August Wilson Theatre. Additionally, Mr. Wilson was posthumously inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2007. Mr. Wilson was born and raised in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and lived in Seattle, Washington at the time of his death. He is immediately survived by his two daughters, Sakina Ansari and Azula Carmen Wilson, and his wife, costume designer Constanza Romero.
Mike Payette is an actor and director who has appeared at some of Canada’s finest theatres including The Citadel, MTYP, Vertigo, Banff Centre, The Grand, Factory Theatre, Neptune, and the National Arts Centre, as well as with many great companies in his Montreal hometown. Directing credits include Harlem Duet (Black Theatre Workshop), A Line in the Sand and Another Home Invasion (Tableau D’Hôte Theatre), Hosanna and Choir Boy (Centaur), Around the World in 80 Days (Geordie), the recent national tours of Angélique (Tableau D’Hôte/BTW/NAC/Factory/Obsidian) and The Tashme Project (Tashme Prods./Centaur/Factory/Firehall), and the upcoming premiere Héritage – A Raisin in the Sun (Théâtre Jean-Duceppe). Mike is a two-time Montreal English Theatre Award (META) recipient, was the co-founding Artistic Director of Tableau D’Hôte Theatre, and was Assistant Artistic Director for Black Theatre Workshop. He is currently the proud Artistic Director of Geordie Productions..
Quincy is thrilled to return to the Centaur stage and to appear in an August Wilson play for the first time! He previously appeared at Centaur in Choir Boy, The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God, Intimate Apparel, Romeo & Juliet, Condoville and Tiger’s Heart. Other credits include productions with the National Arts Centre, Stratford Festival, Black Theatre Workshop, Geordie Theatre, Repercussion Theatre, Shakespeare by the Sea and 6 seasons with the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival. A 5-time nominee at the Montreal English Theatre Awards, Quincy teaches at Queens University, is Associate Artist of the English Section at the National Theatre School of Canada and is Artistic Director of Black Theatre Workshop.
Lucinda Davis found her way into the profession through a weird twist of fate: timid and with virtually no acting background, she was called by mistake to audition for a leading role in a television series, and got the part. Twenty later, she has amassed an impressive list of credits for stage, television and film and has lent her voice to cartoons and video games. She is thrilled to be returning to Centaur Theatre to tell this iconic story. Her list of theatre credits include: Intimate Apparel, Adventures of a Black Girl In Search Of God (National Arts Centre, Centaur Theatre and Black Theatre Workshop), Harlem Duet (Black Theatre Workshop), random (Imago Theatre and Black Theatre Workshop) and How Black Mothers Say I Love You (Great Canadian Theatre Company
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