August Wilson’s family drama The Piano Lesson will begin performances at off-Broadway’s Pershing Square Signature Center on October 31. The production, which was originally scheduled to begin previews October 30, was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, The Piano Lesson is scheduled to open November 18 at off-Broadway’s Irene Diamond Stage, and play a limited engagement through December 16.
The Piano Lesson stars Eric Lenox Abrams as Avery, Chuck Cooper as Wining Boy, Brandon J. Dirden as Boy Willie, Jason Dirden as Lymon, Alexis Holt as Maretha, Mandi Masden as Grace, Roslyn Ruff as Berniece and James A. Williams as Doaker. Set in 1936 in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, The Piano Lesson is the story of the Charles family, who are battling one another for their shared legacy: an antique piano.
The creative team for The Piano Lesson includes scenic designer Michael Carnahan, costume designer Karen Perry, lighting designer Rui Rita, sound designer David Van Tieghem and original music by Bill Sims Jr.