Troy Maxson, a Negro Leagues veteran-turned-sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh, whose bitterness and poor judgment tear his family apart.
Although Washington is best known as the two-time Oscar-winning star of hit films such as The Book of Eli, American Gangster and Training Day, he proudly points to his theatrical background, including an Obie for the 1981 Pulitzer Prize-winning play A Soldier’s Story. He’s back on Broadway in another Pulitzer winner, this time by August Wilson.
Other Honors for This Role
—Broadway.com Audience Award nomination for Favorite Leading Actor in a Broadway Play
—Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance Award
This is Washington’s first Tony nomination.
Washington earned a journalism degree from Fordham University in New York, turning to acting in his final year after a professor cast him in the title role of Eugene O’Neill’s The Emperor Jones.
“[Fences] is classic in its structure, like Death of a Salesman. Its themes—husbands and wives, fathers and sons—we all relate. August [Wilson] invites you into this home and peels back the layers. It’s just a great play.” —Washington in an interview with Broadway.com, 3/10