UofL Theatre Arts Presents ‘The Piano Lesson’

    UofL Theatre Arts presents August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson."

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. –For its second installment of the 2015-16 season, University of Louisville’s Theatre Arts Department presents August Wilson’s Pulitzer-Prize winning play, “The Piano Lesson,” Nov. 18-22 in the historic Playhouse theatre.

    The fourth play of Wilson’s epic Pittsburgh Cycle, “The Piano Lesson” is a moving drama of family, heritage and survival. It follows Berniece and her brother, Boy Willie, in depression-era Pittsburgh as they argue about their family’s piano and its tumultuous history. Boy Willie, a sharecropper, wants to sell the piano to buy the land where his ancestors toiled as slaves. Berniece, however, remains emphatic about keeping the piano, which shows the carved faces of their great-grandfather’s wife and son during the days of their enslavement. “The Piano Lesson” ultimately seems to ask: “What do you do with your legacy and how do you best put it to use?”

    Baron Kelly, director of UofL’s African American Theatre Program, is directing the production. Kelly has acted in half of Wilson’s 10-play cycle in major regional theaters in Oregon, San Francisco and Los Angeles and will draw heavily from those experiences.

    “I am always striving to give people what Wilson intended in his work,” Kelly said. “Now that we can look at the whole cycle of his plays, we can glean clues for how to do something in terms of the arc of his overall thinking.”

    The Playhouse is at 1911 South Third St. Shows are 8 p.m., Nov 18-22, and 3 p.m., Nov. 22. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for faculty, alumni, seniors and non-UofL students and $8 for UofL students. Season tickets are $60. To order tickets or for more information, call the box office at (502) 852-6814 or visit www.louisville.edu/theatrearts.


    Niki King
    Niki King Jones is positive she has the best job at the University of Louisville, serving the communication needs of the departments of fine arts and theatre, the School of Music, University Libraries and Alumni – all the fun, creative stuff. Before coming to UofL in 2015, Niki held communication positions in both private and nonprofit sectors in Louisville, Ky., including at Heaven Hill Distilleries and the Jewish Community of Louisville. For 10 years prior, she was a reporter at various newspapers across the country, most recently The Courier-Journal. Niki graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in journalism and has a masters degree in community and leadership development from the University of Kentucky.