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The late August’s Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, The Piano Lesson, has received an extension at New York City’s Signature Theatre. Just in time for the holidays, Signature has announced that the production will be extended until Dec. 23rd, after the initial run was sold out. The play features, The Help’s, Roslyn Ruff as Berniece, the matriarch of the family. Tony Award winner, Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Stick Fly), is at the reigns of this fabulous production, as director.
The work is the fourth play of the August Wilson Century cycle, set in 1936 Pittsburgh Hill District. The story follows the lives of the Charles family, focusing on the argument between a brother and a sister, who have different perspectives on preservation. Their argument centers around an engraved piano that tells the history of their family.
Docker, played by James. A, Williams (Signature’s My Children! My Africa!), wants to sell it. But, Berniece,(Ruff) , wants to preserve the family history and refuses to let her brother take the piano. They are also joined by ,Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper (Finian’s Rainbow, The Life) as Wining Boy, Brandon J. Dirden (Clybourne Park, Signature’s The First Breeze of Summer) as Boy Willie, Jason Dirden (Signature’s The First Breeze of Summer) as Lymon, Alexis Holt (South Pacific) as Maretha, and Mandi Masden (Off-Broadway debut) as Grace.
The production is said to be “a stunning and moving drama of family, history and survival.” Other plays in the cycle are, 1900s Gem of the Ocean 1910s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone ,1920s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, 1930s The Piano Lesson, 1940s Seven Guitars, 1950s Fences, 1960s Two Trains Running, 1970s Jitney, 1980s King Hedley II, and1990s Radio Golf . Ruben Santiago-Hudson is also involved as the Artistic Director for the “Ten Plays of August Wilson’s American Century Cycle” that will be presented and recorded at NYC’s The Greene Space, in 2013. For more information and tickets to this show call the Signature Theatre Box Office at (212) 244-7529 or visit signaturetheatre.org
Asa Lovechild is an accomplished actress and singer out of New York City.