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The Piano Lesson

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1990

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August Wilson has already given the American theater such spell-binding plays about the black experience in 20th-century America as Ma Rainey's Black Bottom , Joe Turner's Come and Gone , and the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Fences . In his second Pulitzer Prize-winner, The Piano Lesson , Wilson has fashioned his most haunting and dramatic work yet.
At the heart of the play stands the ornately carved upright piano which, as the Charles family's prized, hard-won possession, has been gathering dust in the parlor of Berniece Charles's Pittsburgh home. When Boy Willie, Berniece's exuberant brother, bursts into her life with his dream of buying the same Mississippi land that his family had worked as slaves, he plans to sell their antique piano for the hard cash he needs to stake his future. But Berniece refuses to sell, clinging to the piano as a reminder of the history that is their family legacy. This dilemma is the real "piano lesson," reminding us that blacks are often deprived both of the symbols of their past and of opportunity in the present.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 144
Altersempfehlung ab 18
Erscheinungsdatum 01.12.1990
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-452-26534-9
Verlag PLUME
Maße (L/B/H) 201/137/13 mm
Gewicht 136
Buch (Taschenbuch, Englisch)
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Tension between Brother and Sister
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"The Piano Lesson" is part of August Wilson's "Pittsburgh Cycle", which consists of ten plays each of which covers one decade of the 20th century. "The Piano Lesson" is set during the 1930s and deal with the tension between Berniece and Boy Willie, as they fight over what to... "The Piano Lesson" is part of August Wilson's "Pittsburgh Cycle", which consists of ten plays each of which covers one decade of the 20th century. "The Piano Lesson" is set during the 1930s and deal with the tension between Berniece and Boy Willie, as they fight over what to do with the family piano that stands in Berniece's living room. Berniece and Boy Willie are siblings but have been living apart for years. The piano has been passed down in their family as it contains carvings made by their great-grandfather, who used to be a salve in the South. As every paly in Wilson's "Pittsburgh Cycle", "The Piano Lesson" closely shows the African AMerican experience. It shows how black people in the 1930s were still haunted by slavery which was still in living memory back then. It also shows how a new generation of black people struggled to make a life for themselves in the industrial cities of the North. The play contains supernatural elements, as the family is haunted by the ghost of the white man who used to own Berniece and Boy Willie's ancestory. Wilson argues that African Americans can only move toward the future by honoring their ancestors and remembering where they came from. Despite the fact that the play is concerned with the everyday lives of black Americans it also has universal appeal. It shows the typical rivalries and tensions that exist in every family. The play offers an inside look into African American culture and history; Wilson uses African American vernacular and is clearly influenced by the blues tradition that is essential in African American culture. I have read all the plays of the "Pittsburgh Cycle" and "The Piano Lesson" is definitely in my top three.

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