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.

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)

Sponsors

Production Sponsor:

The Saunders Foundation

Producer:

Marjorie E. Morrissey

Production Support Provided By:
federman, lally & remis

Restaurant Partner:
Republic at the Linden