"The Piano Lesson" - by August Wilson - Actors' Shakespeare Project (Boston, MA.)

Actors' Shakespeare Project

In Partnership with Hibernian Hall

Presents August Wilson's


In Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic,
the haunting melodies of the past will ignite a family conflict. 

Written by August Wilson

Directed by Christopher V. Edwards

In Partnership with Hibernian Hall


January/February 2025 (DATES TBA) 

(Contact Box Office for Exact Times)

Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley Street, # 200, Boston, MA. 02119   


Memberships are available. For tickets and more information, call

Phone # 617-241-2200 or visit www.ActorsShakespeareProject.org 



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ACTORS' SHAKESPEARE PROJECT is thrilled to continue and deepen our dedication to August Wilson’s American Century Cycle with one of his most celebrated titles: "THE PIANO LESSON."

This passionate and riveting family drama returns to Pittsburgh’s Hill District in the aftermath of The Great Depression

Tensions are crackling under the floorboards of Doaker Charles’ household when his fast-talking nephew Boy Willie blows in from Mississippi with a scheme to set their descendants up for generations. 

The plan: sell the family’s ornate antique piano carved by an ancestor and use it to buy the land where his family had been enslaved. 

But half of the piano also belongs to Berniece, who refuses to let her brother pawn off the heirloom. 

As the siblings dig in their heels, they will search deeper into their lineage and uncover shocking revelations that will change them both forever.

Winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a 1990 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play, August Wilson’s "THE PIANO LESSON" is an explosive and incisive inquiry into the struggle between what we owe to our past and how we build our future.


ACTORS' SHAKESPEARE PROJECT (ASP), founded in 2004, is an award­-winning professional theater company with a Resident Acting Company and extensive education, youth, and community programs. ASP performs and works in found spaces, schools, theaters and neighborhoods to present and explore the robust language, resonant stories, and deeply human characters in Shakespeare’s plays and in works by other great playwrights. Work is ensemble-­based and focused on intimacy, storytelling, language, relationships, voice, risk and artistry within and throughout the Boston area. 


ACTORS' SHAKESPEARE PROJECT believes Shakespeare’s words are urgently relevant to our times. Working as an ensemble of resident company members, ASP brings these words into the voices, bodies, and imaginations of actors, audiences, and neighborhoods. ASP does this through creative projects, including intimate productions and outreach programs that are informed by the spaces in which they happen. These projects inspire civic dialogue, build relationships between people, strengthen communities, and reveal something about what it means to be human here and now. 


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