August Wilson's Seven Guitars

August Wilson's Seven Guitars

by  August Wilson

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  4m, 3f

Finalist! 1995 Pulitzer Prize in Drama
Winner! New York Drama Critics Award for Best Play
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August Wilson's Seven Guitars

by  August Wilson

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 3f
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, Pulitzer, From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.
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Accolades

  • 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

Reviews

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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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Setting: The action of the play takes place in the backyard of a house in Pittsburgh in 1948.

Casting

4m, 3f
CANEWELL
RED CARTER
VERA DOTSON
LOUISE
HEDLEY
FLOYD “SCHOOLBOY” BARTON
RUBY

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Cast Attributes

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

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Authors

August Wilson

August Wilson (April 27, 1945-October 2, 2005) authored 

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

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