The Piano Lesson

Cast and crew[7][8]

The Piano Lesson debuted as a staged reading at the 1987 National Playwrights Conference held in the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.[9]

First production

  • Opened: 26 November 1987
  • Location: Eugene O’Neill Theater Center
Cast
  • Doaker: Carl Gordon
  • Boy Willie: Samuel L. Jackson
  • Lymon: Rocky Carroll
  • Berniece: Starletta DuPois
  • Maretha: Chenee Johnson/Ylonda Powell
  • Avery: Tommy Hollis
  • Wining Boy: Lou Myers
  • Grace: Sharon Washington
Crew
  • Director: Lloyd Richards
  • Set Designer: E. David Cosier, Jr.
  • Costume Designer: Constanza Romero
  • Lighting Designer: Christopher Akerlind
  • Sound Designer: J. Scott Servheen
  • Musical Director: Dwight Andrews
  • Production Stage Manager: Maureen F. Gibson
  • Stage Manager: Gwendolyn M. Gilliam

Second production

  • Opened: 9 January 1988
  • Location: Huntington Theatre Company in Boston (Yale Repertory Theatre production)
Cast
  • Doaker: Carl Gordon
  • Boy Willie: Charles S. Dutton
  • Lymon: Rocky Carroll
  • Berniece: Starletta DuPois
  • Maretha: Jaye Skinner
  • Avery: Tommy Hollis
  • Wining Boy: Lou Myers
  • Grace: Sharon Washington
  • Producing Director: Peter Altman
  • Managing Director: Michael Maso
  • Director: Lloyd Richards
  • Set Designer: E. David Cosier, Jr.
  • Costume Designer: Constanza Romero
  • Lighting designer: Christopher Akerlind
  • Sound Designer: J. Scott Servheen
  • Musical Director: Dwight Andrews
  • Stage Manager: Gwendolyn M. Gilliam

Third production[10]

  • Opened: 16 April 1990
  • Location: Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway, New York City
Cast
  • Doaker: Carl Gordon
  • Boy Willie: Charles S. Dutton
  • Lymon: Rocky Carroll
  • Berniece: S. Epatha Merkerson
  • Maretha: Apryl R. Foster
  • Avery: Tommy Hollis
  • Wining Boy: Lou Myers
  • Grace: Lisa Gay Hamilton
  • Director: Lloyd Richards
  • Set Designer: E. David Cosier, Jr.
  • Costume Designer: Constanza Romero
  • Lighting designer: Christopher Akerlind
  • Sound Designer: G. Thomas Clark
  • Musical Director: Dwight Andrews
  • Production Stage Manager: Karen L. Carpenter
  • Stage Manager: Russell Johnson

Film adaptation

A Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie entitled The Piano Lesson aired on CBS on February 5, 1995, starring Charles S. Dutton and Alfre Woodard. It was also directed by Lloyd Richards.[11]

Cast
  • Boy Willie: Charles S. Dutton
  • Berniece Charles: Alfre Woodard
  • Doaker: Carl Gordon
  • Avery: Tommy Hollis
  • Wining Boy: Lou Myers
  • Lymon: Courtney B. Vance
  • Maretha: Zelda Harris
  • Grace: Rosalyn Coleman
  • Ace: Tommy Lafitteá
  • Miss Ophelia: Lynne Innerst
  • Papa Willie Boy: Harold Surratt
  • Mama Berniece: Elva Branson
  • Sutter: Tim Hartman
  • Watermelon Man: Ben Tatar
  • Watermelon Lady: Alice Eisner

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