PHOTOS | August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson"

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Greene Space presented a reading of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson on Sept. 9, 2013 — part of our historic series recording all 10 plays in Wilson's American Century Cycle. The plays in the decade-by-decade cycle are being presented in the order in which they premiered.

Set in 1936 Pittsburgh during the aftermath of the Great Depression, The Piano Lesson tells the story of the Charles family and a brother and sister who have different ideas on whether to sell or keep the piano — a family heirloom — that they own. The play won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The reading was directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson and featured James A. Williams, Brandon Dirden, Jason Dirden, Roslyn Ruff, Alexis Holt, Eric Lenox Abrams, Chuck Cooper and Mandi Masden.

View backstage and performance photos below:

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The cast of The Piano Lesson with Artistic Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson (far right), Associate Artistic Director Stephen McKinley Henderson (far left) and Executive Producer Indira Etwaroo (third from right).

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In the green room with Ruben Santiago-Hudson, James A. Williams, Brandon Dirden and Alexis Holt.

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Production associate Bertie Michaels prepping the scripts before the show.

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Backstage with brothers Jason Dirden and Brandon Dirden before The Piano Lesson.

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Musician/composer Bill Sims, Jr. and Hollis King, set designer, chatting before the show.

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Indira Etwaroo, Executive Producer of August Wilson's American Century Cycle.

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Poet Sonia Sanchez opened the evening with reflections on August Wilson and his legacy. Watch video here.

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The cast of The Piano Lesson takes the stage.

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Roslyn Ruff as Berniece, Brandon Dirden as Boy Willie and Jason Dirden as Lymon in August Wilson's The Piano Lesson.

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Actor James A. Williams reads as Doaker in The Greene Space's recorded reading of The Piano Lesson.

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The cast of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson, presented live in The Greene Space.

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Roslyn Ruff as Berniece

Alexis Holt reading as Maretha in The Greene Space's recording of The Piano Lesson.

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The cast of The Piano Lesson.

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Jason Dirden as Lymon.

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James A. Williams reading as Doaker in The Piano Lesson.

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Eric Lenox Abrams as Avery.

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Chuck Cooper as Wining Boy in August Wilson's The Piano Lesson.

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Roslyn Ruff

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A peek at Eric Lenox Abrams' script, as he reads the role of Avery in The Piano Lesson.

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Mandi Masden as Grace.

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Poet Sonia Sanchez in the audience of The Greene Space's recording of The Piano Lesson.

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Mandi Masden

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Paying tribute to an American master.

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Backstage after the show, August Wilson series Artistic Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson toasts poet Sonia Sanchez on her birthday.

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Antoinette

This was an outstanding performance. Thank you

Sep. 21 2013 10:09 PM

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