Fences Casts Through the Years

Fences hit the Copaken Stage October 13, bringing a rich and renowned history with it.  August Wilson’s Fences premiered at the Yale Repertory Theatre in 1985, and hit Broadway in 1987, picking up a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play in the same year. The play had its Broadway revival in 2010, where it won three of its ten Tony Award nominations. In 2016, Fences was adapted for film, earning four Oscar nominations and two Golden Globe nominations. Over the years, many actors have graced the stage (or screen) to retell this true American classic.


 The play’s first Broadway production took place at the 46th Street Theatre. Directed by Lloyd Richards, the production went on to win the Tony Awards for Best Play and Best Direction of a Play, as well as the Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding New Play. James Earl Jones also won the Tony Award for Best Performing Actor in a Play, Mary Alice won Best Performance by a Featured Actress,

Both Denzel Washington and Viola Davis starred in the first Broadway revival of Fences, which opened in 2010. Washington and Davis each took home a Tony Award that year for Best Actor and Best Actress in a Play. Washington and Davis helped bring Fences to life on screen in 2016. At the 89th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, Washington was nominated for Best Actor, and Davis won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

Rufus Burns, Walter Coppage, and Greta Oglesby performed together for the KC Repretory Theater in its 2017 Production of A Raisin in the Sun. AC Smith, Alfred Wilson, Chester Gregory, Criston Stark and Kyleigh Saffold will be making their KCRep Debuts this year. Fences will be directed by Wilson collaborator and friend Ron OJ Parsons.

Fences runs from October 13, 2017 to November 5, 2017, at Copaken Stage in the H& R Block Building in Kansas City’s Power and Light District.

Tickets for Fences may be purchased by visiting http://kcrep.org/show/fences or by calling the KCRep box office at 816-235-2700.