A man in a hat looks at the lens. Fences is the title of the play.
August Wilson’s


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

In this 1950s snapshot of blue collar America, a former convict fights to be a better husband and father to protect his family at the risk of tearing them apart.

April 21 - May 10, 2020
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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


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 Knorren
Jeremiah Sparks
Jim Bono

Creative Team

Set & Costume Designer Rachel Forbes
Lighting Designer Tim Rodrigues
Stage Manager Luciana Burcheri
Assistant Stage Manager Isabel Quintero Faia

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 […]

A man in a hat looks at the lens. Fences is the title of the play.

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

The first Sunday of each run of our Essential Series of plays, join the Montreal Gazette’s Editor-in-Chief, Lucinda Chodan, in conversation with a leading expert on a topic related to the current production. Held in the intimate main floor gallery at 12:30pm, prior to the matinée, make the most of your afternoon at the theatre […]


April 30, 2020

Following the performance, you are invited to stay for informal Q&A sessions with the artists. Held in the theatre after select Thursday evening or Sunday matinée presentations. • Thursday April 30 • Sunday May 3