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Fences: Suzan-Lori Parks is to direct a planned revival of August Wilson's drama


The New York Times reports that Suzan-Lori Parks is to direct a planned revival of August Wilson's Fences which is expected to arrive on Broadway in the fall of 2008, at a theatre to be announced.

Wilson's 1987 Pulitizer Prize winning drama was first produced on Broadway in 1987, directed by Lloyd Richards, starring Mary Alice and James Earl Jones. The play was Awarded the 1987 Tony Award for Best Play, with Richards winning the Tony for Best Director and, Alice and Jones both winning Tony awards for their performance.

Fences: Once a famous baseball player in the Negro Leagues, Troy Maxson is now a proud garbage collector, father, and husband. When his youngest son is offered a football scholarship, Troy must reconcile his anger at past racial inequities with wanting the best for his family's future.

The play is the sixth in Wilson's ten-part Pittsburgh Cycle which chronicles the African-American experience in the 20th century, decade by decade, and covers the 50's decage.

Suzan-Lori Parks sole Broadway credit is for her 2002 Pulitzer Prize winning drama 'Topdog/Underdog' which ran at the Ambassador Theatre from 7 Apr - 11 Aug 2002.

Fences is to be produced by Carole Shorenstein Hays, who was the main producer of the original Broadway production .

Casting and creative team is still to be announced.


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