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Feb. 15, 2007--Arkansas Repertory Theatre continues its 31st season with the award-winning drama "Fences." "Fences" travels from The Rep's MainStage in downtown Little Rock to Jonesboro's Fowler Center for performances on Tuesday, Feb. 20, Wednesday, Feb.21, Friday, Feb. 23, and Saturday, Feb. 24. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $8 at the ASU Central Box Office, by calling (870) 972-ASU1, or online at www.tickets.astate.edu. Tickets are $10 at the door. Performances contain adult language and mature themes.
"Fences" is a bold drama inspired by an urban landscape in the 1950s. Permeated with passion, friendship and humor, Fences explores the family ties that bind and the boundaries - real and imagined - we place on ourselves and others as we confront life in an ever-changing world.
Another veteran of stage and television, actress Judyann Elder plays Rose, Troy's wife. A founding acting member of the Tony Award-winning Negro Ensemble Company, Elder made her Broadway debut as Coretta Scott King opposite Billy Dee Williams in "I Have A Dream" and has extensive television credits, including recurring roles on "Martin" and "Murphy Brown."
Little Rock's own Lawrence Hamilton plays Troy's brother Gabriel, whose anticipation of meeting St. Peter balances his near-fatal injuries from World War II. Hamilton, an inductee into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame and Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame and the director of Choral Activities at Philander Smith College, holds numerous Broadway credits. At The Rep, he appeared in the 2003 production of "The Piano Lesson" as Whining Boy, created "Souvenir: An Evening of Song," and directed the 2006 production of "Crowns."
The role of Raynell, Troy's daughter, is played by two Arkansas youngsters, Nia Simone Jackson and Kharlissa Lovelace. Wendell B. Franklin and Yaegel Welch play Lyons and Cory, Troy's sons. Lawrence Evans, returning after his Rep debut as Corporal Bernard Cobb in "A Soldier's Play," performs as Bono, Troy's co-worker and best friend.
DIRECTION & DESIGN
The Rep's design team for "Fences" includes Rep resident set designer and technical director Mike Nichols, sound designer M. Jason Pruzin, Olivia Koach on costumes, and properties director Linda Kwallek. Lighting is created by William Marshall, assistant professor in scenic design at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, making his Rep debut. As was August Wilson, the design elements are inspired by the Pittsburgh landscape, the works of artist Romare Bearden, and the music of legendary blues musicians.
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