FENCES: a powerful work by August Wilson at the Denver Theatre Company

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PLAYS THE SPACE THEATRE SEPTEMBER 14 – OCTOBER 14

 The Denver Center Theatre Company (DCTC) presents FENCES by August Wilson, playing The Space Theatre September 14 – October 14, 2012. Tickets may be purchased now, by calling 303.893.4100 or visitingwww.denvercenter.org.

 Troy Maxson, a star baseball player whose career was blunted by the racism prevalent in pre-Jackie Robinson America, now supports his family as a sanitation worker. Feeling his world rapidly changing, Troy builds a fence to protect what is familiar and hold off what threatens. Both muscular and lyrical, this August Wilson blockbuster, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and two Tony Awards, shows what can happen when a strong man is robbed of his dreams.

The cast of FENCES includes several debuting actors: David Alan Anderson as Troy Maxson, Marcus Naylor as Jim Bono, James T. Alfred as Lyons, Jerome Preston Bates as Gabriel and Calvin Dutton as Cory. Also debuting and alternating the role of Raynell are Nadja-Monet Brown and Emmi Grace Sullivan. DCTC favoriteKim Staunton returns in the role of Rose.

Debuting at DCTC is Lou Bellamy who will direct FENCES. Bellamy is founder and Artistic Director of Penumbra Theatre located in Minnesota, which has produced 35 world premieres, including August Wilson’s first professional production and more of Wilson’s plays than any theater in the world. Set design is by Vicki Smith (25 seasons/Heartbreak HouseThe Adventures of Tom SawyerDracula) while costume design is by David Kay Mickelsen (54 productions/18 consecutive seasons/13 premieres, The Adventures of Tom SawyerThe Liar, Ruined). Lighting design is by Don Darnutzer (Heartbreak House, Dracula, Mariela in the Desert) and sound design is by Jason Ducat (Heartbreak House, World Premiere Two Things You Don’t Talk About At Dinner, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer). Fight direction is by Gregory Hoffman (The Taming of the Shrew) while dialect and vocal coaching is by Kathryn G. Maes, Ph. D (Heartbreak House, World Premiere Great Wall StoryThe Taming of the Shrew).

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AUGUST WILSON, 1945-2005

I remember seeing “King Hedley II,” at the Denver Theatre Company as one of the most powerful performances ever seen in Denver. The austere emotions, strength of the actors, and caustic dialogue left the audience feeling they had lived, eaten and slept with this imposing figure. 

Single tickets for FENCES, on sale now, start at $35 (non-SCFD) and also are available for $10 (SCFD 10 for $10 program) and are on sale now.  To purchase, call Denver Center Ticket Services at 303.893.4100.  For groups of 10 or more, please call 303.446.4829.  TTY (for Deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons): 303.893.9582.  Tickets also may be purchased at the Denver Center Ticket Office, located in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex lobby.  Buy and print online at www.denvercenter.org.  Student rush $10 tickets are available one hour prior to curtain with a valid student ID subject to availability.  Senior and military rush tickets are available one hour prior to curtain, subject to availability. No children under six will be admitted to any theatre.

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