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Denzel Washington has won theĀ Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for “Fences.” It was his firstĀ Tony nomination and win.

The play by American playwright August Wilson is set in the fifties and the sixth in Wilson’s ten-part Pittsburgh Cycle. The drama delves into the evolving African-American experience and examines the many layers of race relations.

The show is the first Broadway revival of the play and opened at the Cort Theatre in on April 26, 2010 in a limited 13-week engagement.

The Kenny Leon-directed show starred Washington as Troy Maxson and Viola Davis (who also won a leading actress Tony tonight) as his wife Rose.

In 1987, the play earned the playwright Wilson the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and James Earl Jones won a Tony Award for Best Actor during its initial run.

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