The August Wilson Cycle in Pictures: The Piano Lesson - 1990
04 Oct 2005
Play: The Piano Lesson
Synopsis: Wilson's Pulitzer-winning drama finds a black family torn between selling an old piano that represents the family's heritage or using the money to make a new start. The piano, which in slave days was once traded for the family's patriarch and is haunted by the ghosts of the past, becomes a powerful symbol of the entire history of Africans in America.
Original Run: April 16, 1990 - Jan. 27, 1991, Walter Kerr Theatre (Broadway)
Pictured: Charles S. Dutton (left) and Rocky Carroll, photo by Gerry Goodstein
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.