The Nevada Conservatory Theatre presents August Wilson’s well-known Fences Feb. 9 – 18 in the Judy Bayley Theatre. Harry Waters Jr. directs.
Working as a trash male in Pittsburgh in 1957, Troy Maxon’s old dreams of ending up being an expert baseball gamer ought to be a far-off memory. But the bitter dissatisfaction of being rejected the right to play in the major leagues impacts Troy’s universe, including his relationships with his spouse, Rose, and his teenage kid, Cory. Cory likewise imagines becoming an expert football player, however is constrained by his dad’s defeatist pragmatism. Building actual and metaphorical fences around his family, Troy remains in danger of ruining the very thing he seeks to secure.
Waters is an actor, vocalist, and director who developed the role of Belize in the very first production of Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes in 1991. He is most famous for his representation of Marvin Berry in Back to the Future ( 1985) which earned him a Gold record for his rendition of “Earth Angel.” Performing credits also consist of Adventures in Wonderland and Big Bully, in addition to numerous tv guest-starring functions. Born in Tulsa, and raised in Denver, he participated in Princeton University and received his MFA in directing from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a theatre and dance professor at Macalester College, where he has directed productions of Runaways, Evidence, Angels in America Part I: Millennium Approaches, The Colored Museum, Tartuffe, Cabaret, and The Laramie Project, among others.
Equity Actor James Austin Williams stars as Troy Maxon. Williams’ credits consist of August Wilson’s Radio Golf on Broadway. His off-Broadway credits consist of August Wilson’s Jitney and Marion McClinton’s Walkers. His local credits include several roles in August Wilson’s Twentieth-Century Cycle at the Kennedy Center, and appearances at Centerstage, the Guthrie Theater, the Mark Taper Forum, McCarter Theatre Center, Penumbra Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Yale Repertory Theatre. He was named Star of the Year by City Pages in 2003; was a 2005 NAACP Image Award nominee; received an Ivey Award for efficiency quality in 2008, and was called Artist of the Year by the Minneapolis StarTribune in 2008.
In addition to Williams, the cast includes Equity Actors Alfred Wilson as Bobo, and Deanna Reed-Foster as Rose; Delius Doherty as Lyons; Merald Knight, Jr. as Gabriel; Joshua Horton as Cory; and Yussia Sanders as Raynell.
The production and style group consists of picturesque designer Jasmine Boykin; lighting designer Amanda Valdez; sound designer Josh Schmidt; costume designer Gabrielle Lewis; technical director Liz Haynes; production stage manager Robert Acosta; props master Jesse Soper; and dramaturg Dakota Polk.
7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17
2 p.m. Feb. 11, 17, and 18
Tickets are $33. Discount rates are readily available.
For tickets or extra details, visit the Performing Arts Center siteor call 702-895-ARTS (2787 ).