The Piano Lesson

Awards and nominations

  • 1990 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play
  • 1990 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play
  • 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
  • 1995 Peabody Award
  • 1990 Tony Award for Best Play
  • 1995 Emmy Award Outstanding Made for Television Movie
  • 1996 Emmy Award Outstanding Television Movie or Mini-Series

2013 Off-Broadway production

On April 3, the production earned 6 2013 Lucille Lortel Award nominations,[12] winning in 4 categories on May 5.[13] On April 23, the Off-Broadway production was recognized with Drama League Award nominations for Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play and with two Distinguished Performance Award nominations,[14] but failed to win any awards.[15] The production received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination.[16] The play earned three 58th Drama Desk Award nominations.[17] On May 7, the show earned a Theatre World Award for Best Debut Performance to be presented on June 3.[18]

Dirden won a 2013 Obie Award for Performance on May 20, while Santiago-Hudson won one for Direction.[19][20] On May 8, the production was nominated for a 2013 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play Revival.[21] It was announced as the winner on May 21.[22]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2013 Drama League Award Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play Nominated
Distinguished Performance Award Brandon J. Dirden Nominated
Roslyn Ruff Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Revival of a Play (Broadway or Off-Broadway) Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Revival of a Play Nominated
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Chuck Cooper Nominated
Outstanding Director of a Play Ruben Santiago-Hudson Nominated
Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Revival Won
Outstanding Lead Actress Roslyn Ruff Won
Outstanding Lead Actor Brandon J. Dirden Nominated
Outstanding Featured Actor Chuck Cooper Won
Outstanding Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson Won
Outstanding Lighting Design Rui Rita Nominated
Theatre World Award Best Debut Performance Brandon J. Dirden Won
Off Broadway Alliance Awards Best Play Revival Won
Obie Award Performance Brandon J. Dirden Won
Direction Ruben Santiago-Hudson Won

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