*Two-time Academy Award, Tony, and Golden Globe winning actor and filmmaker Denzel Washington will share an evening of insightful stories about his career during a conversation with Dr. Todd Boyd, the Katherine and Frank Price Endowed Chair for the Study of Race and Popular Culture and Professor of Cinema and Media Studies in the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
The sold-out event will take place Thursday, September 17 at 7:30pm at the Bram Goldsmith Theater, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.
In related news, Denzel will direct Viola Davis in a movie version of August Wilson’s “Fences,” the Tony Award-winning actress told The New York Times. She won a Tony for her performance as Rose in the 2010 Broadway revival of “Fences.”
The play explores the evolving African-American experience, including race relations, and won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 1987 Tony Award for Best Play.
“They are making “Fences,” August Wilson’s play, into a feature that Denzel Washington is directing and I’m going to be in,” Viola said. “My husband and I started a production company, and we are doing Harriet Tubman’s story for HBO that Kirk Ellis is writing. And Tony Kushner is writing a project that we got greenlit at FOX Searchlight about the great congresswoman out of Texas, Barbara Jordan. I’m always moving.”
Washington co-starred with Viola as Troy Maxson, a role originated by James Earl Jones, in the Broadway production. According to Playbilll.com, a film version of “Fences” was discussed as early as 1990, but playwriter August Wilson “was famously adamant that the project could go forward only if it had a black director, as the original 1987 Broadway production had in Lloyd Richards.”