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See an all-star cast lead the first revival of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson on Broadway this fall. Get The Piano Lesson tickets on TodayTix.
Don't miss Oscar winner Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction), Tony and Emmy nominee Danielle Brooks (Orange Is the New Black), and Golden Globe nominee John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman) together on stage in August Wilson's gripping drama. These celebrated actors play a family haunted by the ghosts of their past as they figure out how to forge their future.
This Pulitzer Prize-winning play about legacy and memory is more relevant than ever in a time when history is being reevaluated and reexamined through different and often-overlooked perspectives, And if you loved Wilson's work on screen, such as in the film adaptations of his plays Fences and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, now's your chance to see one of his works on stage, as it was meant to be seen.
The Piano Lesson is a play about family history: what to keep, what to let go of, how to tell one's history to future generations, and the best way to honor one's ancestors. In the play, Boy Willie (Washington) and Berniece (Brooks) are two adult siblings in a disagreement over what to do with their treasured family heirloom, a hand-carved piano. Willie wants to sell it and use the money to buy the land where their enslaved ancestors once worked. But Berniece wants to keep the piano, even though she's reluctant to play it. Set in 1936 Pittsburgh, the play unfolds over a series of seven scenes in which the past and present collide.
With a starry cast, plenty of family drama, and a touch of the supernatural, The Piano Lesson hits all the right notes of a thrilling production. Get tickets to The Piano Lesson on Broadway on TodayTix now.
August Wilson wrote The Piano Lesson as the fourth play in his Pittsburgh Cycle. The Cycle is a collection of 10 plays, each set during a different decade of the 20th century, exploring Black life in the titular Pennsylvania city.
The Piano Lesson premiered in 1987 at Yale Repertory Theatre in Connecticut, followed by productions at Boston's Huntington Theatre Company and Chicago's Goodman Theatre. The cast from the Chicago production stayed on for the premiere of The Piano Lesson on Broadway in 1990. That year, the show received five Tony nominations, including Best Play, and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The play was revived off Broadway in 2012, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson and starring Chuck Cooper and Brandon J. Dirden. That production won four Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards.
Ten years later, a celebrity cast heads up the first Piano Lesson Broadway revival. Samuel L. Jackson, now making his third Broadway appearance, is best known for his onscreen roles in Pulp Fiction, Do the Right Thing, Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight, the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, and many more. His career earned him the Academy Honorary Award for lifetime achievement.
Danielle Brooks is a Tony nominee for The Color Purple musical and star of Netflix's Orange Is the New Black as Taystee, and The Piano Lesson marks her return to Broadway. John David Washington is a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee for his role in Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansmen and makes his Broadway debut in the production.
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2 hours and 45 minutes with one intermission
September 19th, 2022
January 29th, 2023
Children under 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
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