Pearl Theater Honors Black History Month with August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson!

The Piano Lesson runs January 29 – February 14, 2016 at the Pearl Theater
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HOUSTON - Jan. 2, 2016 - PRLog -- In 1936 Pittsburgh, Boy Willie and his sister Berniece battle over the future of a treasured heirloom: a piano with unique ancestral carvings by their grandfather, an enslaved plantation carpenter. He wants to sell the piano to buy land. She insists that the instrument carries too much history to cast aside. In a home haunted by memories, the issue of whether or not to sell cuts deeply and raises questions about honoring the past or moving into the future.

Director Dabrina Sandifer says of The Piano Lesson, “I am greatly pleased to be working on this strong piece with such a dynamic cast/crew. To me, this is a story of redemption, family units, legacy, and the quest of defining oneself as an individual within the given units of family, relationships, society, etc. in addition to the suffocating binds of racism, classism, etc.

I allow room for the spectator's interpretation; however, I'd also like for them to consider what their legacy is, what they do with it, and how to best put it to use.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson died in 2005 after completing ten plays chronicling the African-American experience in the 20th century, decade by decade. The Piano Lesson is the 4th play in this series.

Winner! 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Winner! 1990 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding New Play
Nominee! 1990 Tony Award, Best Play
Nominee! 2013 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play
Nominee! 2013 Drama League Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play Pearland Theatre Guild’s production showcases the talented

"Like other Wilson plays, it seems to sing even when it is talking." - The New York Times

"A lovely tragi-comedy...Haunting as well as haunted." - New York Newsday

"Wonderful...A play of magnificent confrontations." - New York Post

Performances January 29-February 14, 2016

   Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm
    Sundays at 3:00
   Buy One Get One Free Thursday February 4, at 7:30pm


   Adult $15, Seniors and Students $13

The Pearl Theater is located at 14803 Park Almeda Dr. Houston, TX 77047. Tickets are now on sale at For questions, please contact us at (832) 459-4674.

This project is supported by a City of Pearland Cultural Arts Grant program from the City of Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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