From Stage to Screen at Simon's Rock continues with screening of The Piano Lesson
GREAT BARRINGTON, MA – Simon’s Rock film series “From Stage to Screen” continues with the screening of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson on Wednesday, April 30. The screening will take place in the Lecture Center at 7 p.m., and will be introduced by faculty member in literature Bernard Rodgers.
The Piano Lesson is the fourth play in playwright August Wilson’s The Pittsburgh Cycle, which consists of 10 plays, set in each decade of the 20th century and aimed to portray the Black experience during the time. The play concerns a brother and a sister who argue about whether they should sell their family piano. Boy Willie, a sharecropper from the South, wants to sell his family's ancestral piano to buy land. His Pittsburgh sister Berniece 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. It opened on Broadway in 1990 with Charles S. Sutton, Carl Gordon, Rocky Carroll, and S. Epatha Merkerson. The play won Wilson his second Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Play and acting nods for Dutton, Carroll, and Merkerson.
Under Wilson’s supervision, Lloyd Richards made the play into a made-for-TV movie in 1995, starring Charles S. Dutton, Alfre Woodard, Courtney B. Vance, and Carl Gordon. It won a Peabody Award, was nominated for nine Emmy Awards, and garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Dutton and a Screen Actors Guild win for Woodard.
The screening will be free and open to the public.