a man's face in shadows with the text: August Wilson's Fences
August Wilson’s


Co-Presented by Centaur Theatre Company and Black Theatre Workshop
Directed by Mike Payette


April 21 - May 10, 2020
Tony & Drama Desk Awards for Best Play
Pulitzer Prize for Drama
emotionally unmatched among all of Wilson's works, a moving tribute to American men of every skin color
Talkin’ Broadway


“In light of the current health crisis, I have had to make the heartbreaking decision to postpone Fences indefinitely. While I and Quincy Armorer (Black Theatre workshop’s Artistic Director) had hoped to delay the production for a month in order that both companies end our respective seasons with this beautiful play, it is abundantly clear that the need for social distancing prevents that. I, and I’m sure all of you, take solace knowing that by doing this and continuing to abide by the mandated social distancing, we are supporting the most vulnerable in our community as well as the front line health care workers who are literally putting their lives on the line for us every day. I cannot say at this moment when we will be able to revive Fences but we are looking for the best way to do that in the future, as amorphous as that is right now.”

– Eda Holmes, Centaur Theatre Artistic & Executive Director



When the sins of our fathers visit us
We do not have to play host.
– August Wilson

In this snapshot of 1950s America, the turbulence of the coming Civil Rights Movement is reflected in Troy Maxson’s household. Unlike his own father, Troy works hard to be a faithful husband and reliable provider but the more he tries to protect his family, the more he tears it apart, and building a fence around them isn’t the answer. Wilson’s resilient and passionate characters are so alive we feel their blood course through our veins, their cares and frustrations become our own, and the warmth and laughter that buoy them, open our eyes.


Ryan Allen
Prince Amponsah
Quincy Armorer
Michmahël Aubourg-Clergé
Lucinda Davis
Jahlani Knorren, Cory
Jahlani Gilbert-Knorren
Jeremiah Sparks
Jim Bono

Creative Team

Set & Costume Designer: Rachel Forbes
Lighting Designer: Tim Rodrigues
Music Composer: Kristie Ibrahim
Fight Director: Sylvio Archambault
Stage Manager: Luciana Burcheri
Assistant Stage Manager: Isabel Quintero Faia

Intercultural Conversations

Enrich your Experience

Pre-show Convo

April 23, 2020

This is a rare opportunity to learn about the ever expanding techniques that create mood, amplify emotions, and add depth to a play and its characters. Meet the set, costume, lighting, and sound designers who give the play you’re about to see its breath and heartbeat. Encompassing manifold aspects of visual arts, fashion design, colour […]

Saturday Salon

April 25, 2020

Theatre is about exchange, apropos for a theatre born in the country’s first Stock Exchange. On select Saturday afternoons, join Centaur Artistic and Executive Director, Eda Holmes, and her special guests as they break through the fourth wall to connect theatre lovers with theatre makers. Free and held in the main floor gallery.

Sunday Chat-up

April 26, 2020

Gazette editor in chief Lucinda Chodan will speak with Dr. Dorothy Williams about shining a light on black history, about belonging and striving to succeed in Canada. Dr. Williams, a historian and researcher, has written several books about the history of Blacks in the city and numerous articles about being Black in Canada. Her company, Blacbiblio.com, […]