Viola Davis will appear alongside Denzel Washington in the upcoming Broadway revival of August Wilson’s “Fences,” set to open in April at the Cort Theater.
Davis — winner of a 2001 Tony for her perf in another Wilson play, “King Hedley II” — will portray the wife of a Pittsburgh sanitation worker (Washington) who dreams of a career in baseball.
Kenny Leon (“A Raisin in the Sun”) directs “Fences,” which preemed on Broadway in 1987 and won the Pulitzer and four Tonys, including one each for original cast members James Earl Jones and Mary Alice, starring in the parts in which Washington and Davis will appear.
“Fences” is part of Wilson’s 10-play cycle about African-American life in Pittsburgh, a series that includes “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” revived on the Rialto last spring.
One of several big-name stars to play the Main Stem this season, Washington proved a significant draw at the Broadway box office in his 2005 stint in “Julius Caesar” and is widely expected to see similar success with “Fences.”
Revival is produced by Carole Shorenstein Hays and Scott Rudin. Hays backed the original Broadway incarnation of the show.
“Fences” begins previews at the Cort April 14 ahead of an April 26 opening.