PHOTOS | August Wilson's "Fences"

Thursday, September 05, 2013

The Greene Space presented a reading of Fences on August 28, 2013 - the second of the 10 plays in August Wilson's American Century Cycle we're recording in our historic series. The plays in the decade-by-decade cycle are being presented in the order in which they premiered

The sold-out performances will be live streamed here on our website, but will not be archived for on-demand viewing. Be sure to catch them live, or look out for select plays to air on WNYC and other public radio stations around the country in 2014. All 10 plays will also be available for on-demand audio streaming here on our website in early 2014.

The reading was directed by Kenny Leon, who was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Director for the 2010 Broadway revival of the same play. The Greene Space's performance featured Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Eugene Lee, Regina Taylor, Kevin Carroll, Ray Anthony Thomas, Jonathan Majors and Eden Duncan-Smith. 

View our slideshow of behind-the-scenes and performance photos below:

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Actors Jonathan Majors and Kevin Carroll preparing before the performance.

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Actors Ray Anthony Thomas and Stephen McKinley Henderson, Associate Director of the August Wilson series, backstage reading through a dramaturgical board - historical, social and political background that puts Wilson's Century Cycle in context. 

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Director Kenny Leon talking backstage with series Artistic Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson, who also starred as Troy Maxson in the performance.

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Taking a break in the green room: Stephen McKinley Henderson, series Associate Director; Kenny Leon, director of Fences; actors Ray Anthony Thomas and Eugene Lee; and Ruben Santiago-Hudson, series Artistic Director.

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Regina Taylor, backstage before taking on the role of Rose.

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Backstage, a hug between Regina Taylor and Ebony Jo-Ann, who opened the series starring as Ma Rainey.

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Actors Kevin Carroll, Eden Duncan-Smith and Jonathan Majors. 

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In The Greene Space's video room before the live webcast begins.

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The cast of Fences takes the stage.

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Eugene Lee as Jim Bono, Regina Taylor as Rose and Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Troy Maxson in Fences.

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"Death ain't nothing but a fastball on the outside corner." 

Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Troy Maxson.

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Eugene Lee as Jim Bono.

"Some people build fences to keep people out, and other people build fences to keep people in."

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Ray Anthony Thomas as Gabriel

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Jonathan Majors as Cory

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Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Troy and Jonathan Majors as Cory in a live stage reading of Fences.

Cory: How come you ain't never liked me?

Troy: Liked you? Who the hell say I got to like you?

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Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Troy Maxson in Fences
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The audience at our live recorded reading of Fences.

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Jonathan Majors

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Kevin Carroll as Lyons, in a live reading of Fences directed by Kenny Leon.

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Constanza Romero, widow of August Wilson and Executor of the August Wilson Estate, watching the live reading of Fences in The Greene Space.

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Regina Taylor as Rose

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Ray Anthony Thomas as Gabriel

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Eden Duncan-Smith performs as Raynell

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Eugene Lee

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Ray Anthony Thomas as Gabriel, before delivering the play's final line: "That's the way that goes."

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Paying tribute to an American master

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Elle Jay from long island, ny

Had a wonderful time this evening with all female panel. Look forward to attending another program during the series.

Sep. 05 2013 10:43 PM

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