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February 6th, 2008
Matinee today last performance of Depression-era drama 'The Piano Lesson'


The Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas State University presents August Wilson’s haunting Depression-era drama The Piano Lesson Feb. 19-24.

Performances will be Feb. 19-23 at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee performance Feb. 24 on the main stage of the Theatre Center on campus.

Set in the 1930s, The Piano Lesson plays witness to a dramatic clash of values–the quest of economic opportunity versus preservation of family legacy. Berniece clings to an heirloom piano upon which is carved the family history, while her brother, Boy Willie, plans to sell the antique piano in hopes of buying the same Mississippi land that their family had worked as slaves decades before.

The Piano Lesson won the Pulitzer Prize in 1990 and is part of Wilson ’s 10-play “Pittsburgh Cycle” which chronicles the African-American experience in the 20th century. Although not written chronologically, each play in the cycle is set in a different decade. Wilson died Oct. 2, 2005, having just completed the final play in the sequence.

Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for students with a Texas State ID. Tickets can be purchased at the University Box Office in the Theatre Center , located at the corner of Moon Street and University Drive and available by phone at (512) 245-2204.

For additional information, call (512) 245-2147

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