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‘Piano Lesson’ play dates, times and ticket information


Play:  The Piano Lesson

Playwright:  August Wilson

Setting:  Pittsburgh, 1936

Synopsis:  Two siblings, Billie Boy and Bernice, inherit a piano. Billie Boy wants to sell the family heirloom to purchase a parcel of land in Mississippi that he can farm. Viewing the piano as an integral reminder of where they came from, who they are now, and as a legacy for their future generations, Bernice insists on keeping it.

Director:  Sonya McCarter


  • Boy Willie:  Earl W. Sparrow, Jr.
  • Berniece:  Renee Freeman
  • Doaker:  Dwayne Donnell
  • Lymon:  Mark Drew
  • Wining Boy:  Cicero McCarter
  • Avery:  Elvis Mortley
  • Maretha:  Stephanie Hooks
  • Grace:  Simone Farrell

Play Dates and Times: Performances are April 20-22 and 27-29 at 7:30 p.m. and April 30 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets:  Tickets are $25 for members, $30 for non-members and available at or by calling the box office at 239-939-2787.

Location:  Foulds Theatre, Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL.

Sponsor:  This production is generously sponsored by Noreen Raney.

N.B.: The Century Cycle (also called The Pittsburgh Cycle) is a collection of ten plays that span the decades to document African American experiences in the 20th century. The plays chronicle the effect of the social and historical situations prevailing in each decade on individual characters, and the Alliance is committed to presenting all ten. The Piano Lesson is the fifth installment of the collection, with Radio Golf scheduled for October 2023.

April 10, 2023.



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