Redhouse to Present August Wilson's FENCES
Redhouse Arts Center continues its 2019/2020 season with August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize winning American masterpiece, Fences. The sixth Play in Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle, Fences explores the African-American experience through the eyes of a former Negro League baseball star, Troy Maxson. Troy, now 53 years old and bitter from being excluded from Major League Baseball, is now barely scrapping by as a city trash collector. His bitterness and frustration affects all those around him, including his wife, friends and children. Also an Oscar nominated film starring Denzel Washington, Wilson's play deals with dreams deferred and what it means to be a man; as well as covering themes of family, responsibility, love, friendship and respect. Performances run from March 26th - April 5th.
Ted Lange returns to Redhouse to direct Fences following his outstanding performance in last season's hit, I'm Not Rapport. Ted Lange's impressive career includes receiving the Renaissance Man Theatre Award from the NAACP in Los Angeles as well as the Heroes and Legends HAL Lifetime Achievement Award. Lange also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in recognition of his Contribution to the History of Television for his work on The Love Boat. An award winning theatrical director, Lange received the Artistic Director Achievement Award, as Director of an Original Play for his comedy Lemon Meringue Façade and the Dramalogue Award for outstanding directing of The Visit, which was later turned into a film. Other highlights from his stage directing include: an interracial Hamlet starring Glynn Turman, Driving Miss Daisy, a one man show Big Daddy's Barbecue starring Jeff Wayne and The Heart of Biddy Mason, a jazz musical which he co- wrote with noted jazz musician Gerald Trottman. In 1989, he directed and starred in the film, Othello. Behind the Mask - An Evening with Paul Laurence Dunbar is Lange's one-man show, which toured to sold-out houses at Ohio State University, San Jose State and Indiana State University, among many others.
Redhouse Arts Center has once again assembled an impressive cast of actors all of who will be making their Redhouse debuts, including Marcus Naylor as Troy Maxon, actress Chrystee Pharris performing the role of Troy's wife Rose and Antonio Davis as their son Cory. They will be joined by Richard E. Waits as Gabriel, Roderick Lawrence as Lyons and local young actress Kimani Estelle Giles as Raynell. Returning is Mark Cryer as Bono who was among the first cast members to grace the original Redhouse stage when it was founded more than 15 years ago.
Production team members include Scenic Designer Terry Martin, Costume Designer Donnie Williams, Lighting Designer/Technical Director Scott Little, Production Manager Daniel Whiting, Sound Designer/Master Electrician Joshua Reid and Production Stage Manager Cynthia Reid. Rounding out the team will be Assistant Stage Manager Margot Reed, Assistant Technical Director Craig Costello, Wardrobe Supervisor Kayla Johnson and Property Master Caitlyn Friedburg.
Fences runs from March 26th through April 5th at Redhouse Arts Center located at 400 South Salina Street. On site, paid parking is available in the attached garage on Clinton Street. For tickets and information for Fences, call the Redhouse Arts Center box office at (315) 362-2785 or visit www.theredhouse.org.