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Extended Again Through January 20!
 

"Signature TheatRE’s revival of August Wilson’s Piano Lesson brings a timely reminder of how consoling, how restorative, how emotionally sustaining great theatRE can be."

Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
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"Under Ruben Santiago-Hudson's flawless helming, a brilliant cast makes this play live and breathe and sing for a new generation."

Marilyn Stasio, Variety

"A sterling revival! Gripping and deeply moving!"

Frank Scheck, New York Post


Signature returns to the rich body of work of its 2006/07 Playwright-in-Residence August Wilson with a new production of his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Piano Lesson. In Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1936, the Charles family battle their surroundings and each other over their shared legacy -- an antique piano.

The fourth play of August Wilson’s epic Century Cycle, The Piano Lesson is a stunning and moving drama of family, history, and survival.

Signature returns to the rich body of work of its 2006/07 Playwright-in-Residence August Wilson with a new production of his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Piano Lesson. In Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1936, the Charles family battle their surroundings and each other over their shared legacy -- an antique piano.
The fourth play of August Wilson’s epic Century Cycle, The Piano Lesson is a stunning and moving drama of family, history, and survival.

RESIDENCY

Legacy Program

DATES

October 30 – December 9, 2012

VENUE

The Irene Diamond Stage>

IMAGE: August Wilson. Photo by David Cooper.

Preview

Trailer for THE PIANO LESSON

 
 

PRODUCTION PHOTOS

IMAGE: Photo by Joan Marcus.

Explore

SCULPTING FAMILY HISTORY: THE MAKING OF THE PIANO

Remembering Signature Theatre's August Wilson Season

 
 

MEET AND GREET PHOTOS

Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson at the first rehearsal of THE PIANO LESSON.
IMAGE: Photo by Gregory Costanzo.

IMAGE: August Wilson. Photo by David Cooper.

Backstage

BACKSTAGE PHOTOS


Brandon J. Dirden onstage before a performance of THE PIANO LESSON.
IMAGE: Photo by Gregory Costanzo.

Who’s Who

CAST

Avery:  Eric Lenox Abrams
Wining Boy:  Chuck Cooper
Boy Willie:  Brandon J. Dirden
Lymon:  Jason Dirden
Maretha:  Alexis Holt
Grace:  Mandi Masden
Berniece:  Roslyn Ruff
Doaker:  James A. Williams
 

CREATIVE TEAM

Scenic Design: Michael Carnahan
Costume Design: Karen Perry
Lighting Design: Rui Rita
Sound Design: David Van Tieghem
Original Music: Bill Sims, Jr.
Fight Direction: J. David Brimmer
Wig and Hair Design: Valerie Gladstone
Production Stage Manager: Winnie Lok
Casting: Telsey + Company
 

Cast

Eric Lenox Abrams

Avery
Cast

Off Broadway: Hoodoo Love (Cherry Lane Theatre), The Heliopause (Primary Stages). Regional: McCarter, Berkeley Rep., Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Austin State Theatre, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Vineyard Playhouse. Film / Television: Brooklyn to Manhattan, Honeydripper, Never Forever, Freedomland, Noise, “Law and Order”, “Boardwalk Empire”, “White Collar”, “Cops, Crooks, Banana Cream Pies” (Pilot), “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”, “Fringe”, “One Life to Live”, “Six Degrees”, “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”. Writer: Revolution a Black Love Movement, Executive Producer: Leaving Atlanta (Pre-Production).

Chuck Cooper

Winning Boy
Cast

Won the 1996 Tony Award for best featured actor in a musical, for his performance in Cy Coleman’s “The Life”, The Audelco Best Actor Award for ” Caroline or Change,” and The San Diego Critics Circle Award for August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running.” He has 10 Broadway shows on his resume, numerous off Broadway and regional theatre credits. His many Film and Television appearances along with detailed biographical information can be found at www.chuckcooper.net. Facebook users can look up his “Get The Scoop On Coop” page. Favorite role: Eddie, Alex and Lilli's father.

Brandon J. Dirden

Boy Willie
Cast

Jason Dirden

Lymon Jackson
Cast

It feels great to return to the Signature Theatre! Broadway: Fences. Off-Broadway: The First Breeze of Summer (Signature Theatre). Regional: Topdog/Underdog (Two River Theatre) A Raisin in the Sun (Ebony Repertory Theatre) August Wilson’s Century Cycle (Kennedy Center) Every Tongue Confess (Arena Stage) Stickfly (Huntington Theatre). TV: “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”. Training: Morehouse College and University of Illinois. www.jasondirden.com – twitter: @jasondirden

Alexis Holt

Maretha
Cast

Thrilled to be a part of The Piano Lesson! National tour: Tony Award winning production of Rogers & Hammerstein’s Lincoln Center Production of South Pacific. Television: Law & Order, Super Why, Nickelodeon, ABC Lost Child and Sesame Street. Alexis has also appeared in numerous commercials, and national print campaigns. I am so lucky to have such a supportive family and I would like to thank God, my mom and dad, Telsey Casting, the creative team and CESD for making this possible for me.

Mandi Masden

Grace
Cast

Off-Broadway: Debut. Regional: Ruined (Plowshares Theatre Company), Ragtime (PPTOPA), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, Dracula, Christmas Carol (Denver Center Theatre Company). At the NTC: Angels in America, The Three Sisters, The Winter's Tale, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, HAIR, Ah! Wilderness, As You Like It, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. Other Stage credits include: Into the Woods, The Threepenny Opera, Once on this Island, and The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer. B.A., Macalester College, M.F.A., The National Theatre Conservatory.

Roslyn Ruff

Berniece
Cast

Broadway: Fences (standby), Off-Broadway: Love, Loss and What I Wore (Daryl Roth Productions), Macbeth (TFNA) The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and Things of Dry Hours (NYTW), Seven Guitars (Signature), The Cherry Orchard and Macbeth (CTH), Pudd’nhead Wilson and Taming of the Shrew (The Acting Company). Regional: Geffen Playhouse, Two River Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Long Wharf, Kennedy Center, McCarter, ACT, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Yale Rep, People’s Light & Theatre Co., Indiana Rep, Geva, Old Globe, Alliance, and more. International: BBC Radio, 2004 Bonn Biennale and Shakespeare Festival of Neuss, 2003 Athens Festival. Film/Television: Detachment, The Help, Salt, Life During Wartime, Rachel Getting Married, "Masters of Sex", "A Gifted Man", "The Big C", "The Good Wife" and more. Awards: 2003 Barrymore Award - Actress in a Play, 2007 Obie Award, 2010 Drama League Nomination. Training: MFA, IATT at Harvard University.

James A. Williams

Doaker
Cast

Preview

Trailer for THE PIANO LESSON

 
 

PRODUCTION PHOTOS


Photos by Joan Marcus.

Explore

SCULPTING FAMILY HISTORY: THE MAKING OF THE PIANO

MEET AND GREET PHOTOS


Photos by Gregory Costanzo.

Backstage

BACKSTAGE PHOTOS


Photos by Gregory Costanzo.

Performance Info


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