SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco’s Curran Theater will re-open after being closed in 2015 due to renovations. The theater will host the film premiere of “Fences,” an adaptation of August Wilson’s original play starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.
Washington directs the film as well. Washington and Davis starred in the 2010 Broadway revival of the play, and both received Tony awards for their performances.
The premiere will take place on December 15 at 7 p.m. According to Playbill, “the evening will be hosted by Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr., who was mayor of San Francisco when Fences premiered at the Curran in 1987. The event will be followed by a conversation with the cast including Washington, Jovan Adepo, Mykelti Williamson, Stephen McKinley Henderson, and Saniyya Sidney.”
The Curran Theater was selected as the premiere location because the venue hosted the first stage play of “Fences” on February 6, 1987.
The Curran hosted the performance, “Under Construction,” which consisted of different performances with the audience-members who were seated on stage. The normal seated area was being renovated at the time.
The Curran Theater will officially re-open for the play “Fun Home” on January 25, 2017. “Fun Home” is a musical adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori from a graphic memoir created by Alison Bechdel.