August Wilson's The Piano Lesson, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Danielle Brooks, and John David Washington, officially opens October 13 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
Directed by Tony nominee LaTanya Richardson Jackson, The Piano Lesson is set in Pittsburgh's Hill District in 1936 and follows a brother and sister who are embroiled in a battle over a family heirloom piano carved with the faces of their ancestors. It is the fourth play in Wilson's Century Cycle, which explores the Black experience in every decade of the 20th century; other works in the cycle include Fences, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, and Jitney, among others.
Jackson stars as Doaker Charles, Washington as Boy Willie, Brooks as Berniece, Trai Byers as Avery, Ray Fisher as Lymon, April Matthis as Grace, Michael Potts as Wining Boy, with Nadia Daniel and Jurnee Swan alternating in the role of Maretha. Rounding out the company as understudies are Shirine Babb, Charles Browning, Peter Jay Fernandez, Sharina Martin, Warner Miller, Doron JePaul Mitchell, and Kim Sullivan.
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The creative team includes Tony-winning music director Jason Michael Webb, who composed new music for the revival, with set design by Tony winner Beowulf Borritt, choreography by Otis Sallid, costume design by Tony nominee Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Tony nominee Japhy Weideman, sound design by Tony winner Scott Lehrer, hair and wig design by Drama Desk nominee Cookie Jordan, and projection design by Tony winner Jeff Snug. Casting is by Calleri, Jensen, Davis, and general management is by Foresight Theatrical.