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Seven Guitars - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Seven Guitars

August Wilson

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

4m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573696008

Finalist! 1995 Pulitzer Prize in Drama
Winner! New York Drama Critics Award for Best Play

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Time Period - 1940s / WWII

Settings Of Play - The action of the play takes place in the backyard of a house in Pittsburgh in 1948.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Exterior Set

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Tony, Pulitzer, From Broadway

Finalist! 1995 Pulitzer Prize in Drama
Winner! New York Drama Critics Award for Best Play

August Wilson is the recipient of the 1986 Whiting Award for Drama

The sixth in the author's decade-by-decade exploration of the black experience in America, two of which have won Pulitzer Prizes, Seven Guitars is part bawdy comedy, part dark elegy, and part mystery. In the backyard of a Pittsburgh tenement in 1948, friends gather to mourn for a blues guitarist and singer who died just as his career was on the verge of taking off. The action that follows is a flashback to the busy week leading up to Floyd's sudden and unnatural death.

REVIEWS

"Displays a narrative sweep and almost biblical richness of language and character.... Mr. Wilson writes so vividly that the play seems to have the narrative scope and depth of a novel." - The New York Times

"Impressive ... with wild, untamed elements of symbolic fantasy, and the language ... is used with the specific riff like fluency and emotional impact of jazz." - New York Post


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Seven Guitars opened on January 21, 1995, at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago, IL under the direction of Lloyd Richards.
Characters

CASTING

4m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Multicultural casting

CANEWELL
RED CARTER
VERA DOTSON
LOUISE
HEDLEY
FLOYD “SCHOOLBOY” BARTON
RUBY

Author
August Wilson

August Wilson

August Wilson (April 27, 1945-October 2, 2005) authored Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Fences, Two Trains Running, Jitney, King Hedley II, and Radio Golf. These works explore the heritage and experience of the descendants of Africans in North America, decade-by-decade, over the course of the twentieth century, forming the ... view full profile

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