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August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play, “Fences,” was well-traveled and a very successful audience-pleaser for Buku Productions Theatre Company. Always a sell-out show, “Fences” was mounted by Buku Productions in 1991 at Flint’s Whiting Auditorium and Toledo Repertoire Theatre and in 1992 at the Attic Theatre in Detroit and then back to the Whiting Auditorium, brought in by Flint’s Pace Productions.
The original Detroit production, produced by Detroit Repertory Theatre with Reuben Yabuku as director in 1990, won numerous awards from The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press Theatre Excellence Awards. Veteran stage actors, Council Cargle (deceased), Jennifer Jones, Michael Jay (deceased) and (sometimes) Ann Arbor’s Michelle Daniels, led a cast of metro Detroit’s finest performers. Council Cargle’s interpretation of the lead character, Troy Maxson, was truly a sight to see. His magnetic stage presence and big booming portrayal of the frustrated trash collector was award-winning but, more importantly, a shining example of one of Detroit’s greatest performances by one of the best to ever hit the boards… anywhere! Mike Jay, who played Bono in all 178 performances directed by Reuben Yabuku and the great Council Cargle… you guys are sorely, sorely missed.