August Wilson's The Piano Lesson

October 13 - November 13

By August Wilson
Directed by Jade King Carroll

Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes, including intermission
Recommended for ages 12+

Ticket Prices

$25 | $42 | $58 | $74 | $90

All Regular Season Student Seats $20.

Includes all fees. Prices subject to change without notice. Student tickets by phone only, please. Please call for Student Matinee Rates.

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In August Wilson's powerful Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, a fractured family comes together to consider the legacy of their father, as his grown son and daughter argue over the heirloom he left behind.  A ghost story with traditional African-American songs, The Piano Lesson exposes the family's struggles as they attempt to exorcise the demons of the past and bring forth a new hope for the future.

The Piano Lesson represents the 1930s decade in Wilson’s “The American Century Cycle” of 10 plays, each one representing African-American life over a decade in the twentieth century. Other titles include Fences, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Two Trains Running, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Seven Guitars. Wilson died in 2005.

Artistic

Playwright
August Wilson

Director
Jade King Carroll

Scenic Design
Alexis Distler

Costume Design
Toni-Leslie James

Lighting Design
York Kennedy

Sound Design
Karin Graybash

Wig Designer
Robert-Charles Vallace

Composer
Baikida Carroll

Music Director
Bill Sims, Jr.

Dramaturg
Fiona Kyle

Fight Choreographer
Greg Webster

Dialect Coach
Ron Carlos

Casting
Binder Casting
Jack Bowdan, CSA

Stage Manager
Lori Ann Zepp

Assistant Stage Manager
Arielle Goldstein


Cast

Grace
Toccarra Cash

Wining Boy
Cleavant Derricks

Boy Willie
Clifton Duncan

Lymon
Galen Ryan Kane

Doaker
Roscoe Orman

Berniece
Christina Acosta Robinson

Avery
Daniel Morgan Shelley

Maretha
Elise Taylor
Tyra Harris (understudy)

Free Discussion with Jade King Carroll and Roscoe Orman at West Hartford Public Library

September 29, 7:00pm

Join Hartford Stage at the West Hartford Public Library on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7:00PM, for an insightful discussion with Jade King Carroll, Director of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, and actor Roscoe Orman, who portrays Doaker.

In this powerful Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, a fractured family comes together to consider the legacy of their father, as his grown son and daughter argue over the heirloom he left behind. A ghost story with traditional African-American songs, The Piano Lesson exposes the family's struggles as they attempt to exorcise the demons of the past and bring forth a new hope for the future.

The discussion, facilitated by Fiona Kyle, Artistic Assistant at Hartford Stage,  will take place in the Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. Parking is available in the nearby Isham Garage. Please bring parking ticket to the discussion for validation.

NOTE: Seating is general admission and space is limited. Please arrive early to acquire a seat. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

RSVP’s are recommended: http://www.libraryinsight.com/eventdetails.asp?jx=wnp&lmx=866148&v=3


AfterWords Discussion

November 1 and 9

Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following select 7:30 p.m. performances on Tuesday or 2 p.m. Wednesday matinees. FREE


Sunday Afternoon Discussion

October 23

Enjoy a lecture from Director Jade King Carroll immediately following the 2 p.m. matinee. FREE


Open Captioned Performances

October 30, 2:00pm & 7:30pm

For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. FREE with admission.


Audio Described Performances

November 5, 2:00pm

For patrons who are blind or have low vision. FREE with admission.

Photos

Clifton DuncanClifton Duncan and Elise TaylorDaniel Morgan ShelleyRoscoe OrmanChristina Acosta Robinson and Cleavant DerricksCleavant Derricks (rear) and Clifton Duncan (front)Christina Acosta Robinson and Daniel Morgan Shelley (background)Galen Ryan KaneClifton Duncan, Christina Acosta Robinson and Elise TaylorClifton Duncan, Christina Acosta Robinson and Roscoe OrmanClifton Duncan and Toccarra CashClifton Duncan and Galen Ryan Kane

All photos by T. Charles Erickson.

Videos

The Piano Lesson (trailer)

Travelin' Man

My Child

Interview With Elise Taylor and Tyra Harris

Roscoe Orman Discusses America's Shakespeare

Piano Transformation

Sponsors

Production Sponsor:

The Saunders Foundation

Producer:

Marjorie E. Morrissey

Production Support Provided By:
federman, lally & remis

Restaurant Partner:
Republic at the Linden