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The Piano Lesson by August Wilson Opens the West Side Theatre Guild’s 20th Season

The Piano Lesson is the fourth play in August Wilson’s Century Cycle. The play follows the Charleses, an African American family living in Pittsburgh in 1936, as they struggle over the sale of a precious family heirloom, literally and figuratively fighting the ghosts of their past.

The New York Times hailed THE PIANO LESSON as a “generous gift,” “emotionally sustaining great theatre,” and a “savory theatrical feast.” Time Out New York described the play as a “grand | drama” that “reaches operatic intensity.” And Back Stage called THE PIANO LESSON a “theatrical whirlwind.”

Directed by Mark Spencer, Assistant Director-Jennifer Mead, Scenic Design-Ann Davis, and Lighting Design-Guy Rhodes

Starring Jonathan Floyd Moore as Boy Willie, Rose M. Simmons as Berniece, Darryl Crockett as Doaker, Brandon W.L. Hearne as Lymon, Robert L. Buggs Sr. as Wining Boy, Wirt-Emerson’s very own, Larry Brewer as Avery, IUN’s very own, Tyonne LaShea Green as Grace, and Banneker Achievement Center’s very own, Dontejah Hunt as Maretha.

Performance Schedule: November 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, at 7 p.m. and 6th & 13th at 4 p.m., 2016, 900 Gerry St., Gary, IN 46406. Patrons are asked to use DOOR E. The play will take place in the intimate 120 seat theatre at West Side.

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Tickets are $10.00 and can purchased on Eventbrite be at “” or reserved by calling 219.390.WSTG (9784). Door sales are $15.00 and very limited.


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