Davis costarred with FENCES’ director and leading man, two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington (Training Day, Glory), Mykelti Williamson, Russell Hornsby, Jovan Adepo, Saniyya Sidney along with Drama Desk and Obie Award winner Stephen Henderson.
Adapted by legendary playwright and author, the late August Wilson (d. Oct. 2, 2005), FENCES is among Wilson’s acclaimed and celebrated plays, chronicling the lives of everyday Americans in the 1950s. The story centers on Troy Maxson (Washington), a former Negro-league baseball player who fights to provide for his family, set in Pittsburgh, in a world that threatens to push him down.
Rose (Davis), as Troy’s seemingly impenetrable wife, is equally in the fight alongside him–vying for her dignity, marriage and family loyalty.
Davis makes history with multiple career accomplishments—winner of the Academy Award, an Emmy in 2015 for series creator Shonda Rhimes’ ABC-TV drama – How to Get Away with Murder, and two TONYs: one for the Broadway presentation of FENCES (2010), the other for King Hedley II (2001). Davis received Oscar nominations for previous roles in THE HELP (2012) and DOUBT (2009).
The extensive list of awards and nominations are rivaled by few actors; this year, for FENCES alone, Davis received: Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics Choice, Screen Actors Guild, and NAACP Image statuettes.
She adds the aforementioned to her trophy treasure chest that includes acting awards for August Wilson’s SEVEN GUITARS (1996) and acclaimed playwright Lynn Nottage’s INTIMATE APPAREL (2004).
Surely, there will be more to follow as Viola Davis turns in award-worthy performances with distinction and honor, CONGRATULATIONS!