Seattle Rep Presents August Wilson's Fences
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The line between fantasy and reality becomes increasingly blurred in this smash musical about escape and the transportive power of love. Created by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the songwriting team that penned Chicago and Cabaret, and four-time Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, Kiss of the Spider Woman was the winner of seven Tony Awards in 1993, including Best Musical. It's the story of two cellmates in a Latin American prison -- Valentin, a Marxist revolutionary, and Molina, a gay window dresser. Molina survives his jailers' torture and humiliation by escaping to a fantasy world filled with the movies he loved as a child, conjuring a beautiful and beguiling screen enchantress named Aurora as his imaginary diva. As the relationship between Valentin and Molina becomes increasingly complicated, so too do Molina's over-the-top fantasies, which begin threatening to overtake his real life. Learn More
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In some ways, August Wilson looms larger than life at Seattle Rep. Literally—he is memorialized in a statue just south of there, welcoming people into the Seattle Center campus via a pathway that also bears his name.
He looms figuratively, too. There is a sense of wonder when talking about Mr. Wilson’s legacy at the theatre. After all, the United States is the only country to have produced all of his plays (his 10-play Pittsburgh Cycle, as well as his one-man show How I Learned What I Learned).
When Mr. Wilson passed away in 2005, he became for many like a character his plays: working diligently to illuminate the African American experience in the United States during the twentieth century.