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The Piano Lesson

Buy TicketsThe Piano Lesson

By August Wilson

Poster for the The Piano Lesson. Click to download the PDF.October 8 - 24, 2010
RLT Sutton Main Stage Theatre (Reserved Seating)

The decade is the 1930s, the place, Pittsburgh. Boy Willie arrives from the south to claim his "half of the piano." The piano is a family heirloom carved with the images of enslaved ancestors of the family and his sister Berneice is not willing to part with it. To her family, it meant more than a piano... it was their legacy and their future. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best New Play, 1990.

Director: Haskell Fitz-Simons

Download the show poster.

Read the reviews

The News & Observer says "...the characters are endearingly funny and warmly moving by turns, especially in the hands of this engaging cast." Read the complete Roy Dicks review.

The Independent Weekly gave the show four stars and says "Wilson's characters grapple—literally, at times—with the troubled legacy of their pasts in this compelling production. Recommended". Read the Byron Woods review.

Triangle Arts & Entertainment says "a juicy and flavorful slice of life in the black community in the Hill District of the Steel City, circa 1936. Moreover, it is chockfull of colorful characters (to mix metaphors). Indeed, the play won a passel of awards". Read Robert McDowell's complete review.

Also read the preview of the show by Triangle Arts & Entertainment.

Ticket information

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the RLT Box Office at 919-821-3111.

Ticket prices:

Adults: $20
Seniors/Students: $16
First Sunday: $12 for all

Note: Students are up to and including college. Seniors are age 62 and up.

Dates and Times:

Oct 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 & 23 at 8:00pm
Oct 10, 17 & 24 at 3:00pm

October 2010
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
          1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8: 8:00pm 9: 8:00pm
10: 3:00pm 11 12 13 14: 8:00pm 15: 8:00pm 16: 8:00pm
17: 3:00pm 18 19 20 21: 8:00pm 22: 8:00pm 23: 8:00pm
24: 3:00pm 25 26 27 28 29 30


  • Doaker: Warren Keyes
  • Boy Willie: Joseph Callender
  • Lymon: Jeremy Morris
  • Berniece: Randi Martin-Lee
  • Maretha: Janelle Netterville
  • Avery: Phillip Smith
  • Wining Boy: John Harris
  • Grace: Kyma Lassiter


For more information, please contact the RLT Box Office on 919-821-3111.

wheelchair accesssibleAll performances are wheelchair accessible.

Assistive listening Assistive listening devices are available for all performances.

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