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.


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


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)


The Piano Lesson (trailer)

Travelin' Man

My Child

Interview With Elise Taylor and Tyra Harris

Roscoe Orman Discusses America's Shakespeare

Piano Transformation


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.


Production Sponsor:

The Saunders Foundation


Marjorie E. Morrissey

Production Support Provided By: federman, lally & remis Restaurant Partner: Republic at the Linden