Thursday 23 March 2017

Viola Davis back to Broadway stage

Viola Davis is appearing alongside Denzel Washington on Broadway
Viola Davis is appearing alongside Denzel Washington on Broadway
Viola Davis is appearing alongside Denzel Washington on Broadway

Oscar nominee Viola Davis is to join Denzel Washington on Broadway.

She is joining the cast of August Wilson's Fences, which opens at the Cort Theatre in April.

Davis will play Rose, a woman, who, according to the actress, "unknowingly gives up her dreams and her power for love."

Washington has already signed up to portray her husband, the patriarchal Troy Maxson and the pivotal role of their son is still to be cast.

Washington last appeared on Broadway in 2005 as Brutus in a revival of Julius Caesar.

He said: "I met August Wilson at his home in Seattle on a rainy afternoon and it made a big impression on me. I asked him how he writes his plays and he said, 'I close my eyes and the characters start talking to me.'"

In Fences, Wilson "explores the life ... of the everyday man," Davis said in an interview.

"But ... he places all of those struggles (within the context) of African-American men who also are facing the obstacle of race in America, which is a double whammy."

Davis has appeared on Broadway in two Wilson plays and was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in the film version of John Patrick Shanley's Doubt.

She won a featured-actress Tony Award in 2001 for her work in King Hedley II. Wilson died of liver cancer in 2005.

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