1930: The Piano Lesson | Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

The Piano Lesson is set in 1936 Pittsburgh during the aftermath of the Great Depression. The play deals with themes of family legacy, and tells the story of the Charles family and a brother and sister who have different ideas on what to do with the piano they own - keep or sell it.

CAST:

DOAKER..............James A. Williams

BOY WILLIE.........Brandon Dirden

LYMON...............Jason Dirden

BERNIECE...........Roslyn Ruff

MARETHA...........Alexis Holt

AVERY...............Eric Lenox Abrams

WINING BOY.......Chuck Cooper

GRACE...............Mandi Masden

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The cast of The Piano Lesson with Artistic Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson (far right), Associate Artistic Director Stephen McKinley Henderson (far left) and Executive Producer Indira Etwaroo (third from right).

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In the green room with Ruben Santiago-Hudson, James A. Williams, Brandon Dirden and Alexis Holt.

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Production associate Bertie Michaels prepping the scripts before the show.

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Backstage with brothers Jason Dirden and Brandon Dirden before The Piano Lesson.

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Musician/composer Bill Sims, Jr. and Hollis King, set designer, chatting before the show.

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Indira Etwaroo, Executive Producer of August Wilson's American Century Cycle.

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Poet Sonia Sanchez opened the evening with reflections on August Wilson and his legacy. Watch video here.

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The cast of The Piano Lesson takes the stage.

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Roslyn Ruff as Berniece, Brandon Dirden as Boy Willie and Jason Dirden as Lymon in August Wilson's The Piano Lesson.

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Actor James A. Williams reads as Doaker in The Greene Space's recorded reading of The Piano Lesson.

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The cast of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson, presented live in The Greene Space.

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Roslyn Ruff as Berniece

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Alexis Holt reading as Maretha in The Greene Space's recording of The Piano Lesson.

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The cast of The Piano Lesson.

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Jason Dirden as Lymon.

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James A. Williams reading as Doaker in The Piano Lesson.

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Eric Lenox Abrams as Avery.

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Chuck Cooper as Wining Boy in August Wilson's The Piano Lesson.

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Roslyn Ruff

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A peek at Eric Lenox Abrams' script, as he reads the role of Avery in The Piano Lesson.

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Mandi Masden as Grace.

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Poet Sonia Sanchez in the audience of The Greene Space's recording of The Piano Lesson.

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Mandi Masden

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Paying tribute to an American master.

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Backstage after the show, August Wilson series Artistic Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson toasts poet Sonia Sanchez on her birthday.

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