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August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson"

Thursday, April 18, 2019 to Sunday, April 21, 2019

  • Spelman College, Rockefeller Fine Arts Building, Baldwin Burroughs Theatre
  • GPS: 440 Westiew Drive
  • Atlanta, GA 30310

The Piano LessonThe Department of Theater & Performance presents August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson," directed by Keith Arthur Bolden.

Thursday, April 18 |  7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 19 |  7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 20 |  2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 21 | 2:30 p.m.

"The Piano Lesson" is a 1987 play by American playwright August Wilson. It is the fourth play in Wilson's The Pittsburgh Cycle. Wilson began writing this play by playing with the various answers regarding the possibility of "acquiring a sense of self-worth by denying one's past." It is 1936, and Boy Willie arrives in Pittsburgh from the South in a battered truck loaded with watermelons to sell. He has an opportunity to buy some land down home, but he has to come up with the money right quick. He wants to sell an old piano that has been in his family for generations, but he shares ownership with his sister and it sits in her living room. She has already rejected several offers because the antique piano is covered with incredible carvings detailing the family’s rise from slavery. Boy Willie tries to persuade his stubborn sister that the past is past, but she is more formidable than he anticipated.

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