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Piano Lesson, The - Full Length Play, Drama

Piano Lesson, The

August Wilson

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Full Length Play, Drama

5m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573704741

"Like other Wilson plays, it seems to sing even when it is talking." - The New York Times

"A lovely tragi-comedy....Haunting as well as haunted." - New York Newsday

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Period

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1930s

Settings Of Play - Pittsburgh. 1930's. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Play w/ Music

Monologues, Scene work, Competition or audition material

Interior Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Pulitzer, From Broadway, From Off-Broadway

Winner! 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Winner! 1990 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding New Play
Nominee! 1990 Tony Award, Best Play
Nominee! 2013 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play
Nominee! 2013 Drama League Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play 

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

It is 1936 and Boy Willie arrives in Pittsburgh from the South in a battered truck loaded with watermelons to sell. He has an opportunity to buy some land down home, but he has to come up with the money right quick. He wants to sell an old piano that has been in his family for generations, but he shares ownership with his sister and it sits in her living room. She has already rejected several offers because the antique piano is covered with incredible carvings detailing the family's rise from slavery. Boy Willie tries to persuade his stubborn sister that the past is past, but she is more formidable than he anticipated.

REVIEWS

"Like other Wilson plays, it seems to sing even when it is talking." - The New York Times

"A lovely tragi-comedy...Haunting as well as haunted." - New York Newsday

"Wonderful...A play of magnificent confrontations." - New York Post


The Piano Lesson premiered at the Yale Repertory Theatre in November 1987 under the direction of Lloyd Richards.

Characters

CASTING

5m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Ensemble cast, Roles for Children

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

AVERY
WINNING BOY
BOY WILLIE
LYMON
MARETHA
GRACE
BERNIECE
DOAKER
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Videos
  • "Berta, Berta" from "The Piano Lesson" Live in The Greene Space

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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Marcia Berry 9/24/2016 5:05 AM
Wilson presents African American history couched in a significant dilemma that presents thought-provoking opinions of Boy Willie and Berniece, brother and sister.  Each sibling presents a personally-driven argument that is justifiable.  Wilson's poetry is ever-moving and moves the audience in so many ways.

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