Watch Live: August Wilson's
The Piano Lesson

Monday, September 9, 2013

7:00 PM

August Wilson's celebrated 10-play cycle captures 100 years of African American life during each decade of the 20th century.

Join us for an historic series in The Greene Space as an extraordinary cast of actors and directors — many who worked directly with Wilson — gather to make the first-ever recording of all ten plays in August Wilson's American Century Cycle

Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Scroll down for full cast list.

The live video webcast of this reading is not available for on-demand viewing. Select plays will air on WNYC and public radio stations across the country in spring of 2015, and audio will be available for on-demand streaming here on our website.

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. The play won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. 

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

Thanks to our philanthropic partners The Ford Foundation whose mission is to support visionary leaders and organizations on the front lines of social change worldwide and The Jerome Robbins Foundation.

Special permission for this project is provided by the Estate of August Wilson. For more information, please visit www.samuelfrench.com

Produced by:

Ruben Santiago Hudson