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+
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All Regular Season Student Seats $20.
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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.
Humans of Hartford: The Legacy Project
Boy Willie: The only thing my daddy had to give me was that piano.
—August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson
Hartford Stage is about to embark on a project inspired by August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Piano Lesson, which takes the stage this October. In partnership with beloved Hartford photojournalist Nick Cinea (creator of the popular social history site Humans of Hartford), we seek to engage our neighbors in a dialogue/photo essay project that explores the idea of what legacy means to us today.
What has been handed down to you by your family? How can physical objects carry great emotional and historical value? What will you pass on to the next generation?
Everyone is welcome to participate. Enter by Wednesday, September 28.
Participants' stories and photographs will become part of a social media storytelling project, and some will be featured in the John and Kelly Hartman Lobby at Hartford Stage, as well as on Mr. Cinea's Humans of Hartford site during performances of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson.
If you have questions, please contact Theresa MacNaughton at 860-520-7114.
Watch a trailer of the 2006/07 production of August Wilson's Fences at Hartford Stage
Jade King Carroll
Bill Sims, Jr.
Jack Bowdan, CSA
Lori Ann Zepp
Assistant Stage Manager
Galen Ryan Kane
Christina Acosta Robinson
Daniel Morgan Shelley
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
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
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.
- The Hartford Courant
- The Westfield News
- Stu on Broadway
- Boxing Over Broadway
- Zander Opper
- New Haven Review
- Hartford Courant: Spiritual Vibes Inspire Cast of The Piano Lesson
- Humans of Hartford: Legacy Project
- CT Post: Brother wants his half of heirloom in The Piano Lesson
- WNPR: Legacy Through the Lens of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson (Audio)
The Saunders Foundation
Marjorie E. Morrissey
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