The Piano Lesson

JAN 26 - FEB 26, 2024

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The Ensemble Theatre proudly presents

Written by August Wilson
Directed by EILEEN J. MORRIS
With Celebrity Artist Jason Dirden as Boy Willie

In his second Pulitzer Prize-winner, The Piano Lesson, Wilson fashioned perhaps his most haunting and dramatic work about the black experience in 20th century America. At the heart of the play stands the ornately carved upright piano which, as the Charles family’s prized, hard-won possession, has been gathering dust in the parlor of Berniece Charles’s Pittsburgh home. When Boy Willie, Berniece’s exuberant brother, bursts into her life with his dream of buying the same Mississippi land that his family had worked as slaves, he plans to sell their antique piano for the hard cash he needs to stake his future. But Berniece refuses to sell, clinging to the piano as a reminder of the history that is their family legacy. This dilemma is the real “piano lesson,” reminding us that blacks are often deprived both of the symbols of their past and of opportunity in the present. Winner of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Play, 1990.⁣

JAN 26 - FEB 25, 2023

Previews JANUARY 20, 21, 24 & 25, 2023



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