PELHAM, NY — On Wednesday, December 21st at 7:30 p.m. The Picture House Regional Film Center (TPH) will show an advance screening of the much anticipated new film Fences (PG-13, 2 hrs. 18 mins.) starring Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo, and Stephen Henderson followed by a Q&A with Henderson led by TPH critic-in-residence Marshall Fine. Fences opens nationwide on December 25th.
Directed by Denzel Washington, Fences is based on August Wilson’s Tony Award winning play of the same name which also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, Fences tells the story of an African-American father who is struggling with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family and coming to terms with the events of his life.
The movie has already received overwhelmingly positive critical review and both Denzel Washington and Viola Davis have been nominated for Golden Globes for their performances. The Hollywood Reporter says of the film “Fences is as impeccably acted and honestly felt a film adaptation of August Wilson’s celebrated play as the late author could have possibly wished for.”
After the screening, TPH critic-in-residence Marshall Fine will moderate a discussion and Q&A with the actor Stephen Henderson. Henderson is best known for his stage work. Most recently, he won the 2015 Obie Award for Best Actor for his starring role of Walter “Pops” Washington in the Atlantic Theatre Company and Second Stage productions of the Pulitzer Prize winning play, Between Riverside and Crazy. He portrayed Jim Bono in the Broadway revival of Fences for which he received a Tony nomination as a supporting actor as well as the Richard Seff Award from Actor’s Equity. He has also appeared as Van Helsing in the Broadway production of Dracula, the Musical and has performed in Drowning Crow, the revival of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and the premiere of King Hedley II. Henderson’s on-screen work includes his role as Arthur in the acclaimed HBO film, Everyday People, White House servant William Slade in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, Lester in the 2011 film Tower Heist, Bobo in the 1989 version of A Raisin in the Sun, among others. Besides his roles across TV, film, and stage, Henderson teaches acting at the University of Buffalo.
Tickets to the special screening and discussion are FREE but available to Picture House members ONLY and are available at www.thepicturehouse.org or at the box office, 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, NY 10803