Laney College to Present “The Piano Lesson” By August Wilson

By Post Staff “The Piano Lesson,” an award winning play by August Wilson, will be presented next weekend by Laney Theater Arts and the Fusion Theater Company. Performances will be held Thursday, Oct. 23, through Saturday, Oct. 25, as well as Thursday, Oct. 30, through Saturday Nov. 1, at Laney College Theater, 900 Fallon St., in Oakland. All shows begin at 8 p.m. General admission is $10 and $5 for students and staff. An opening night Gala Student Scholarship Fundraising Reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m., at the theater. General admission for the gala is $20 and $5 for students and staff. “The Piano Lesson” is about a brother and sister who are arguing whether or not to sell the family’s ancestral piano. The brother wants to sell it to buy land, while his sister insists on keeping it. The piano has the carved faces of their great-grandfather’s wife and son, who were sold in exchange for the piano during the days of enslavement. The Piano Lesson is the fourth in Wilson’s series, “The Pittsburg Cycle.” The play debuted on Broadway in 1990 and received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. Wilson also received his second Pulitzer Prize for the work. Wilson, who died in 2005, is widely known for the Pittsburg Cycle, which contains 10 plays. Each of the dramas is set in a different decade, depicting aspects of the African American experience in the twentieth century. For more information and tickets, call (510) 464-3543; email mtorres@peralta.edu or go to www.myspace.com/laneyfusiontheater.
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