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Troy Maxson, Cory Maxson, Rose Maxson, Gabriel Maxson, Jim Bono, Lyons Maxson, Raynell Maxson, Alberta, Bonnie, Coach Zellman
Death and baseball, seeds and growth, blues,trains, fences, the devil
Coming of age within the cycle of damaged black manhood; interpreting and inheriting history; the choice between pragmatism and illusions as survival mechanisms
“Your daddy wanted you to be everything he wasn't...and at the same time he tried to make you into everything he was. I don't know if he was right or wrong...but I do know he meant to do more good than he meant to do harm.”
“The whole time I was growing up...living in this house...Papa was like a shadow that followed you everywhere. It would wrap around you and lay there until you couldn’t tell which one was you anymore.”
“They’re old folks. My granddaddy used to pull his teeth with pliers. They ain’t had no dentists for colored folk back then.”
“One time in my life I’ve got to say no.”
The play won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 1987 Tony Award for Best Play.
Fences was first developed at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's 1983 National Playwrights Conference.
A film adaptation of Fences by Denzel Washington completed production in 2016 and was chosen by the American Film Institute as one of the top ten films of 2016.
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