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text 2017-04-27 10:55
27th April 2017
The Piano Lesson - August Wilson

Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.


August Wilson

 

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson (born April 27, 1945) only attended school until the age of 15, but was largely self-educated thereafter. He spent so much time reading at the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh that they later awarded him an honorary degree.

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text 2016-10-12 00:40
Notes on Adaptation: Fences
The Piano Lesson - August Wilson

The trailer for the upcoming August Wilson adaptation, "Fences," really got me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2m6Jvp0bUw

 

I've been an admirer of Wilson's since the early '90s. I read several of his plays at that time. But not since. 

 

Now I'm tempted to read the whole cycle - not in publication order, but in decade order that the plots move through the 20th century. 

 

Might be a good way to spend Saturday afternoons through the end of the year. 

 

-cg

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review 2015-05-13 03:44
The Piano Lesson
The Piano Lesson - August Wilson

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. (source)

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review 2013-10-13 14:58
The Piano Lesson by August Wilson
The Piano Lesson - August Wilson

bookshelves: radio-3, pulitzer, play-dramatisation, autumn-2011, north-americas, published-1987

Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Laura
Read from November 24 to 28, 2011

 



Sunday play - August Wilson's play about a brother and sister and a piano carved with African faces.

blurb - In August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play set in Pittsburgh in 1936, an ancient upright piano carved with African faces dominates the parlour of Doaker Charles. Boy Willie and his partner Lymon have come up from the south to sell watermelons. Boy Willie has just got out of prison and he wants to buy the land his ancestors once worked as slaves but his sister is not about to sell the piano.
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review 2011-11-28 00:00
The Piano Lesson - August Wilson Sunday play - August Wilson's play about a brother and sister and a piano carved with African faces.blurb - In August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play set in Pittsburgh in 1936, an ancient upright piano carved with African faces dominates the parlour of Doaker Charles. Boy Willie and his partner Lymon have come up from the south to sell watermelons. Boy Willie has just got out of prison and he wants to buy the land his ancestors once worked as slaves but his sister is not about to sell the piano.Boy Willie...John Earl Jelks Berniece...Roslyn Ruff Doaker...Stephen McKinley Henderson Lymon...Chris Chalk Wining Boy...Anthony Chisholm Grace...Marsha Stephanie Blake Avery...Leland Gantt Maretha...Zadshire DupuisCreative consultant Ricardo Khan, Pianist Ernie Scott Director Claire Grove Playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah has curated new radio productions of three 20th Century plays for Radio 3's Drama on 3, The Piano Lesson is the first in the series and will be followed by The Plough and the Stars by Sean O'Casey on December 4th and: Skyvers by Barry Reckord on December 11th. The three broadcasts will be introduced by Kwame Kwei-Armah, who will talk about how each of the writers, and the plays, influenced his own development as an actor and playwright. Kwame is currently based in Baltimore where he is Artistic Director of Center Stage Theater."The glow accompanying August Wilson's place in contemporary American theatre is fixed." Toni Morrison . August Wilson (1945 - 2005) is America's foremost black playwright. This production was recorded at Tony Award winning Crossroads Theatre New Brunswick, New Jersey, with the support of August Wilson's widow, and an outstanding cast which includes actors like Stephen Henderson and Anthony Chisholm who worked extensively with August Wilson. Anthony and Stephen were both in the Olivier award winning production of Jitney which took London by storm ten years ago and Stephen and Chris Chalk were both in the Broadway Tony award winning production of August Wilson's Fences starring Denzel Washington. Stephen Henderson has just finished working on Spike Lee's new film which will be released next year and he is currently working on a new film with Steven Spielberg. The Piano Lesson is the fourth of August Wilson's cycle of ten plays about the African American experience in the twentieth century. It opened at the Yale Repertory Theatre in 1987 and in 1990 on Broadway it won a Pulitzer Prize , a Drama Desk Award and New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. The play was inspired by Romare Bearden's painting of the same name. August Wilson saw its scene of a teacher and student as an allegory for how African Americans must learn to negotiate
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