Pictured: Rufus Burns
Kansas City Repertory Theatre has announced the cast and design team for August Wilson’s FENCES, the winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play.
Directed by Ron OJ Parson, the production features AC Smith as Troy Maxson, Greta Oglesby as Rose Maxson, Rufus Burns as Cory Maxson, Walter Coppage as Gabriel Maxson and Alfred Wilson as Jim Bono.
The design team includes Rachel Laritz (Costumes), Jack Magaw (Sets) and Andre Pluess (Sound).
Set in 1950s Pittsburgh against the backdrop of a rapidly changing America, FENCES, perhaps the most well-known of August Wilson’s ten-play ‘Pittsburgh Cycle,’ tells the gripping story of an African-American father and son and the hopes and dreams to which they desperately cling.
“In the American theatre cannon, there is no question that August Wilson has his rightful place beside Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, and Lorraine Hansberry,” said KCRep Artistic Director Eric Rosen. “This seems like the perfect time and the perfect place to remind us of Wilson’s powerful voice and revisit the themes of his plays, right here in the heartland of America. It should also be noted that Wilson finished his iconic play, RADIO GOLF, right here while living in Kansas City briefly before his death in 2005.”
FENCES runs from October 13 – November 12 at Copaken Stage in the H&R Block Building in Kansas City’s Power and Light District.