August Wilsons The Piano Lesson

August Wilson's The Piano Lesson

August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson

October 13 – November 13

By August Wilson

Directed by Jade King Carroll

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.

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.


August Wilson

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

Baikida Carroll

Music Director
Bill Sims, Jr.

Fiona Kyle

Fight Choreographer
Greg Webster

Dialect Coach
Ron Carlos

Binder Casting
Jack Bowdan, CSA

Stage Manager
Lori Ann Zepp

Assistant Stage Manager
Arielle Goldstein


Toccarra Cash

Wining Boy
Cleavant Derricks

Boy Willie
Clifton Duncan

Galen Ryan Kane

Roscoe Orman

Christina Acosta Robinson

Daniel Morgan Shelley

Elise Taylor
Tyra Harris (understudy)


Production Sponsor:

The Saunders Foundation


Marjorie E. Morrissey

Production Support Provided By:
federman, lally & remis

Restaurant Partner:
Republic at the Linden