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Clayton Community Theatre prepares for
The Piano Lesson, by August Wilson,
directed by Nada Vaughn.
Boy Willie (Jeremy Thomas) is restrained by Lymon (Ronnie Lee Banks) and
Wining Boy (Darrious Varner) while Berniece (Talichia Noah) is restrained by
Doaker (Archie Coleman) as they fight over the piano.
Photo by John Lamb
Performances: October 15-18 and 23-25, 2015.
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm.
Washington University South Campus Theatre, 6501 Clayton Road
Archie Coleman as Doaker
Talichia Noah as Berneice
Jeremy Thomas as Boy Willie
Darrious Varner as Wining Boy
Ryan Adolph as Avery
Ronnie Lee Banks as Lymon
Elizabeth McCormick as Grace
Alanna Fenner as Maretha
What's even better than seeing The Piano Lesson?
Volunteering to usher or sell concessions & seeing The Piano Lesson!!!
Ushers - Greet our audience, collect tickets and hand out programs.
Concessions - Sell concessions prior to the show and during the intermission. Turn in cash to CCT Board member. Volunteers must be comfortable with handling cash and pouring wine.
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Set in 1936 Pittsburgh during the aftermath of the Great Depression, this Pulitzer Prize-winning 1990 play by American playwright August Wilson follows the lives of the Charles family and an heirloom, the family piano. The play focuses on the tension between family members who treasure the piano as a link to the family history, and those who want to sell the piano to improve the family's economic status. What The Piano Lesson finally seems to ask is: "What do you do with your legacy, and how do you best put it to use?"
Doaker - Owner of the house and Berniece’s uncle. Somewhat reserved, functions as the play’s testifier, recounting the piano’s history.
Boy Willie - Boyish, brash and impulsive. Also, energetic, talkative and sometimes crude in speech and manner.
Lymon - Somewhat taciturn, but speaks with a straightforwardness, that at times is disarming.
Berniece - A widow with an 11 yr daughter. She still is in mourning for her husband who died 3yrs prior. She displays a wide range of emotions.
Wining Boy - A wandering washed-up recording star. He functions as a comic figure and a primary storyteller.
Avery - Honest , ambitious and fervently religious. He attempts to court Berniece.
Maretha - Berniece’s daughter, who is learning to play the piano. She represents the next generation.
Grace - A young urban woman, a source of attraction for Lymon and Boy Willie.
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FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY THE MISSOURI ARTS COUNCIL, A STATE AGENCY