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News San Francisco’s Curran Reopens to Host Fences Film Premiere The August Wilson work first played the Curran 30 years ago.
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures, with the Curran Theater and the San Francisco Film Society, presents the San Francisco premiere of the film adaptation of August Wilson’s Fences, which stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, December 15 at 7 PM.

The event, 30 years after the play first played at the Curran Theater ahead of its Broadway premiere, reopens the Curran following a just-completed, extensive renovation.

The evening is hosted by Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr., who was mayor of San Francisco when Fences premiered at the Curran in 1987. The event is followed by a conversation with the cast, including Washington, Jovan Adepo, Mykelti Williamson, Stephen McKinley Henderson, and Saniyya Sidney.

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The original stage play of Fences, produced by Carole Shorenstein Hays and starring James Earl Jones and Mary Alice, premiered at the Curran February 6, 1987, and opened on Broadway that spring. It went on to win the Tony Award for Best Play as well as the Pulitzer Prize. The Tony Award was again given to Fences for the Broadway revival, which opened in the spring of 2010, produced by Carole Shorenstein Hays and Scott Rudin; Washington and Davis (who both won Tony Awards) starred.

Fences is directed by Washington from a screenplay by Wilson, adapted from Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The film also stars Jovan Adepo, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, and Saniyya Sydney. It is produced by Rudin, Washington, and Todd Black.

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(Updated December 15, 2016)

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