The Piano Lesson

The Piano Lesson

Winner! 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Winner! 2013 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play

Nominee! 2013 Drama League Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play

Winner! 2013 Off Broadway Alliance Award, Best Play Revival

 It is 1936 and Boy Willie arrives in Pittsburgh from the South in a battered truck loaded with watermelons to sell. He has an opportunity to buy some land down home, but he has to come up with the money right quick. He wants to sell an old piano that has been in his family for generations, but he shares ownership with his sister and it sits in her living room. She has already rejected several offers because the antique piano is covered with incredible carvings detailing the family’s rise from slavery. Boy Willie tries to persuade his stubborn sister that the past is past, but she is more formidable than he anticipated.

Natasha Murray, Jahi Kassa Taquara (photo by Bella Muccari)
Natasha Murray, Jahi Kassa Taquara (photo by Bella Muccari)


Performance Schedule

Saturday, Oct 24 at 8:00pm
Sunday, Oct 25 at 3:00pm

Thursday, Oct 29 at 8:00pm
Friday, Oct 30 at 8:00pm
Saturday, Oct 31 at 2:00pm
Saturday, Oct 31 at 8:00pm
Sunday, Nov 1 at 3:00pm

Thursday, Nov 5 at 8:00pm
Friday, Nov 6 at 8:00pm
Saturday, Nov 7 at 2:00pm
Saturday, Nov 7 at 8:00pm
Sunday, Nov 8 at 3:00pm


Boy Willie: Jahi Kassa Taquara
Doaker: James S. Washington*
Lymon: Christopher Chukwueke
Berniece: Natasha Murray
Maretha: Morgan Sydney Hallums
Avery: Charles Browning*
Wining Boy: Kim Sullivan*
Grace: Ruby Thomas

*appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.



Producer: Dominic Cuskern
Associate Producer: Justine McLaughlin
Director: Mark Gallagher
Production Stage Manager: Marisa Kilgallen
Assistant Stage Manager: Timothy Sheridan
Lighting Designer: Kate Bashore
Costume Designer: Heather Carey
Prop Master: Roxanne Goodby
Set Designer: Tyler Hampton
Sound Designer: Jorge Olivo
Fight Director: Mike Moreno
Director of Production: Scott Cally
Artistic Director: Mark Harborth