Auditions for THE PIANO LESSON
By August Wilson
Directed by Michelle Aguillon
Playwright, Susan Harrington
August Wilson won his second Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1990 for this tragicomedy. Boy Willie arrives in Pittsburgh from the south. He has the possibility of buying land, but he must find the money as soon as possible. He wants to sell an old piano that has belonged to his family for generations, but which he shares ownership with his sister, Berniece. She has already rejected several offers because the antique piano is covered in carvings detailing the family’s escape from slavery. Boy Willie tries to persuade his sister that the past is over, but she’s tougher than he expected.
Casting is ongoing and will continue until the entire show airs. The auditions will take place on March 16 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Vokes Players. Self-recorded auditions will also be accepted and can be sent to [email protected]
Reminders will be scheduled only if necessary.
The rehearsal schedule will be based on cast availability from April to July starting with one rehearsal per week and increasing as production gets closer to July.
Performances are from July 22 to August 6, 2022:
- Opening on Friday July 22 at 8:00 p.m.
- Saturday July 23 at 8:00 p.m.
- Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from July 28 to August 6 at 8:00 p.m.
- Matinees on Saturday July 23 and August 6 at 2 p.m.
The director strongly suggests that the actors familiarize themselves with the play.
ROLES to cast:
Avery was one of Boy Willy Charles’ acquaintances down south, a preacher trying to raise money to build a church. He is courting Berniece Charles.
Doaker Charles is the uncle of Berniece and Boy Willy. Doaker lives with Berniece and Maretha. He made his living building and working on railroads and now works as a railroad cook.
The Winning Boy Charles is Doaker’s brother and Boy Willie and Berniece’s uncle. He is a musician. (It would be ideal if this actor could play the piano, but it is not mandatory.)
GraceThe stage appearance of is brief. She and Boy Willie have a brief encounter in the living room of Berniece’s house.