The Negro Speaks of Fences

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

Denzel talks about working on August Wilson's Fences on Broadway:


"There are all these women coming to see me, to see this actor they like, and I appreciate that," he said. "But at some shows, women are carrying on and snickering too much. Like at our Mother's Day performance. Some audience members wouldn't stop talking during an Act II speech. So I walked down to the front of the stage and stared at them, silently, for 30 seconds. They stopped, and I went on."

Heh. Got these shorties straight out of 125th or Court Street, coming to the show and not knowing how to act. You tell 'em Denzel. It's the theater, ma.

All kidding aside, it's a cool piece. Regrettably I'm not going to be able to see it. I've actually never seen an August Wilson play. Read a couple, but never seen any. I don't think I've been to a play in ten years.

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