Sinclair Theatre to Offer Free Staged Reading of August Wilson's Fences

This special event will be presented February 16 & 17 as part of Black History Month activities.  The reading begins promptly at 6:00 p.m., and no latecomers will be seated, in consideration of the cast and audience.   

Set in the 1950s, Fences is the sixth in Wilson's ten-part "Pittsburgh Cycle". Like all of the "Pittsburgh" plays, Fences explores the evolving African-American experience and examines race relations, among other themes. The play won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 1987 Tony Award for Best Play.

A 2010 revival on Broadway starred Denzel Washington  and Viola Davis  as the married couple struggling with changing U.S. race relations.The revival was nominated for ten Tony Awards, winning three for Best Revival of a Play, Best Actor in a Play (Denzel Washington), and Best Actress in a Play (Viola Davis). 

Directed by Music, Theatre and Dance chair, Gina Neuerer, this production features 6 current Sinclair African-American theatre majors: Shaun Diggs, Bryana Bentley, Antonio Davis, Andre Tomlinson, Tristan Rivera and Naman Clark.