The Piano Lesson

The Piano Lesson
Author: August Wilson
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2019-08-06
ISBN: 0593087593
Category: Drama
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Piano Lesson Book Excerpt:

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, this modern American classic is about family, and the legacy of slavery in America. 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 perhaps his most haunting and dramatic work. 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.

A Study Guide for August Wilson s The Piano Lesson

A Study Guide for August Wilson s The Piano Lesson
Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Publsiher: Gale, Cengage Learning
Total Pages: 15
Release: 2015-09-24
ISBN: 141033497X
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Study Guide for August Wilson s The Piano Lesson Book Excerpt:

Railroad Lore and Mysticism in August Wilson s The Piano Lesson

Railroad Lore and Mysticism in August Wilson   s  The Piano Lesson
Author: Christina Lyons
Publsiher: GRIN Verlag
Total Pages: 17
Release: 2021-10-05
ISBN: 3346505146
Category: Literary Collections
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Railroad Lore and Mysticism in August Wilson s The Piano Lesson Book Excerpt:

Academic Paper from the year 2006 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: A, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (Department of English - Southern Illinois University Carbondale), course: August Wilson Play Analysis, language: English, abstract: August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson (1987) which plays in Pittsburgh in the kitchen and parlor of a railroad cook’s house in 1936 is the third drama of his cycle of an investigation of Black Americans’ lives in the U.S. after slavery. Boy Willie travels with a friend to his uncle’s, a railroad cook’s, house where his sister Berniece lives, in order to sell their mutual heirloom, a piano bearing carved life scenes and faces of their ancestors, to buy the dead slave owner’s land for farming. Two of their ancestors once were sold as slaves for the price of this piano, and their father ultimately had been burned in a railroad car of the Yellow Dog for stealing the piano he conceived as family possession. The almost deadly argument between brother and sister ends in not selling the piano, after Boy Willie had to fight the ghost of the murdered slave owner, and Berniece saved his life by playing an exorcism song on the piano she had not dared to touch for years. Wilson’s characters make gothic experiences at the famous railroad crossing at Moorhead, MS, where allegedly the ghosts of the Yellow Dog talk back to the seeker. Says Wining Boy, the musician: “The train passed and I started to go back up there and stand some more. But something told me not to do it. I walked away from there feeling like a king. Went on and had a stroke of luck that run on for three years.” (35) What do ancient African sacrificial rites have to do with American railroad lore? This review paper will focus on the importance of railroad music in The Piano Lesson, and the mystical veil covering the railroad crossing, “where the Southern crosses the Yellow Dog.”

August Wilson s The Piano Lesson

August Wilson s The Piano Lesson
Author: August Wilson
Publsiher: Concord Theatricals
Total Pages: 109
Release: 2015
ISBN: 0573704740
Category: Drama
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

August Wilson s The Piano Lesson Book Excerpt:

It is 1936, and Boy Willie arrives in Pittsburgh from the South in a battered truck loaded with watermelons to sell. He has an opportunity to buy some land down home, but he has to come up with the money right quick. He wants to sell an old piano that has been in his family for generations, but he shares ownership with his sister and it sits in her living room. She has already rejected several offers because the antique piano is covered with incredible carvings detailing the family’s rise from slavery. Boy Willie tries to persuade his stubborn sister that the past is past, but she is more formidable than he anticipated.

Understanding August Wilson

Understanding August Wilson
Author: Mary L. Bogumil
Publsiher: Univ of South Carolina Press
Total Pages: 124
Release: 1999
ISBN: 9781570032523
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Understanding August Wilson Book Excerpt:

In this critical study Mary L. Bogumil argues that Wilson gives voice to disfranchised and marginalized African Americans who have been promised a place and a stake in the American dream but find access to the rights and freedoms promised to all Americans difficult. The author maintains that Wilson not only portrays African Americans and the predicaments of American life but also sheds light on the atavistic connection African Americans have to their African ancestors.

May All Your Fences Have Gates

May All Your Fences Have Gates
Author: Alan Nadel
Publsiher: University of Iowa Press
Total Pages: 282
Release: 1993-11-01
ISBN: 1587291649
Category: Drama
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

May All Your Fences Have Gates Book Excerpt:

This stimulating collection of essays, the first comprehensive critical examination of the work of two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson, deals individually with his five major plays and also addresses issues crucial to Wilson's canon: the role of history, the relationship of African ritual to African American drama, gender relations in the African American community, music and cultural identity, the influence of Romare Bearden's collages, and the politics of drama. The collection includes essays by virtually all the scholars who have currently published on Wilson along with many established and newer scholars of drama and/or African American literature.

Who s who of Pulitzer Prize Winners

Who s who of Pulitzer Prize Winners
Author: Elizabeth A. Brennan,Elizabeth C. Clarage
Publsiher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Total Pages: 702
Release: 1999
ISBN: 9781573561112
Category: Reference
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Who s who of Pulitzer Prize Winners Book Excerpt:

List Pulitzer Prize winners in thirty-nine different categories, arranged chronologically, with biographical and career information, selected works, other awards, and a brief commentary, along with material on Pulitzer.

August Wilson

August Wilson
Author: Harold Bloom
Publsiher: Infobase Publishing
Total Pages: 201
Release: 2009
ISBN: 1604133937
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

August Wilson Book Excerpt:

A research and study guide to four plays by August Wilson includes plot summaries, lists of characters, and critical views.

Free to be Creative at the Piano

Free to be Creative at the Piano
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: New Age Piano Lessons
Total Pages: 344
Release: 2023
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Free to be Creative at the Piano Book Excerpt:

Naming the Father

Naming the Father
Author: Eva Paulino Bueno,Terry Caesar,William Hummel
Publsiher: Lexington Books
Total Pages: 354
Release: 2000
ISBN: 9780739100929
Category: Family & Relationships
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Naming the Father Book Excerpt:

Naming the Father is a collection of essays on the subject of fatherhood: its enduring power, its secret ruses, its unsettling provocations. Despite the considerable critical attention devoted to motherhood in literature-and despite the late-twentieth-century focus on patriarchy-there is surprisingly no comparable collection on fatherhood. This volume was born of the conclusion that critics of modern and contemporary literature may comprehend the father too little for presuming to have comprehended patriarchy so much. Naming the Father begins with a series of nonfiction essays that attempts to locate the missing father in the individual experiences of three scholars at various stages of their careers. The following thematically grouped sections recover and discuss fatherhood in fields ranging from Caribbean fiction to African American drama and in the work of authors as diverse as Rebecca West, Anzia Yezierska, William Burroughs, and Stephen Wright, as well as Henry James and James Joyce. A variety of critical approaches, from biographical to deconstructive, activate and engage with the cultural, national, and global implications of fatherhood for the family and for the future of literary studies. Scholars and students of contemporary literature, cultural studies, and gender studies will find this book a fascinating and invaluable collection.

August Wilson

August Wilson
Author: Marilyn Roberson Elkins
Publsiher: Psychology Press
Total Pages: 284
Release: 2000
ISBN: 9780815336341
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

August Wilson Book Excerpt:

The legendary Greek figure Orpheus was said to have possessed magical powers capable of moving all living and inanimate things through the sound of his lyre and voice. Over time, the Orphic theme has come to indicate the power of music to unsettle, subvert, and ultimately bring down oppressive realities in order to liberate the soul and expand human life without limits. The liberating effect of music has been a particularly important theme in twentieth-century African American literature. The nine original essays in Black Orpheus examines the Orphic theme in the fiction of such African American writers as Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, James Baldwin, Nathaniel Mackey, Sherley Anne Williams, Ann Petry, Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker, Gayl Jones, and Toni Morrison. The authors discussed in this volume depict music as a mystical, shamanistic, and spiritual power that can miraculously transform the realities of the soul and of the world. Here, the musician uses his or her music as a weapon to shield and protect his or her spirituality. Written by scholars of English, music, women's studies, American studies, cultural theory, and black and Africana studies, the essays in this interdisciplinary collection ultimately explore the thematic, linguistic structural presence of music in twentieth-century African American fiction.

The Playwright s Muse

The Playwright s Muse
Author: Joan Herrington
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 278
Release: 2013-05-13
ISBN: 1136542191
Category: Drama
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Playwright s Muse Book Excerpt:

First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Conversations with August Wilson

Conversations with August Wilson
Author: August Wilson
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 292
Release: 2006
ISBN: 9781578068302
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Conversations with August Wilson Book Excerpt:

Collects a selection of the many interviews Wilson gave from 1984 to 2004. In the interviews, the playwright covers at length and in detail his plays and his background. He comments as well on such subjects as the differences between African Americans and whites, his call for more black theater companies, and his belief that African Americans made a mistake in assimilating themselves into the white mainstream. He also talks about his major influences, what he calls his "four B's"-- the blues, writers James Baldwin and Amiri Baraka, and painter Romare Bearden. Wilson also discusses his writing process and his multiple collaborations with director Lloyd Richards--Publisher description.

August Wilson s Play The Piano Lesson Reconstructing Cultural Identity

August Wilson   s Play  The Piano Lesson   Reconstructing Cultural Identity
Author: Anna Schlichting
Publsiher: GRIN Verlag
Total Pages: 14
Release: 2022-04-07
ISBN: 3346623157
Category: Literary Collections
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

August Wilson s Play The Piano Lesson Reconstructing Cultural Identity Book Excerpt:

Seminar paper from the year 2020 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,7, University of Duisburg-Essen (Department of Anglophone Studies), language: English, abstract: "The Piano Lesson" tells the story about an African American family during the 1930s that is haunted by the past and shows the bitter fate of the unchangeability of the enslavement of their ancestors. Wilson wrote "The Piano Lesson" as a way of investigation on how African Americans should confront the painful past of slavery and discrimination. This paper shall investigate the different ways of approaching history for descendants of formerly enslaved families. This research addresses multiple issues: How does one deal with the burdens of the past? How can one use the past to make the best for the future and reconstruct cultural identity? In order to answer this question, I am going to interpret the different symbolic devices in the play and put them in context with the historical background. I will take a closer look at how the characters deal with the past, how they try to break away from the old chains of their ancestors and how they live their lives with the burdens of history. I will analyze and interpret the behavior of the characters in more detail. I will further argue that August Wilsons uses his characters and the play itself to show that moving forward and accepting the past is necessary in order to reconstruct cultural identity.

An Index to Articles Published in The Etude Magazine 1883 1957 Part 2

An Index to Articles Published in The Etude Magazine  1883 1957  Part 2
Author: Pamela Richardson Dennis
Publsiher: A-R Editions, Inc.
Total Pages: 672
Release: 2011-01-01
ISBN: 9780895797186
Category: Reference
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Index to Articles Published in The Etude Magazine 1883 1957 Part 2 Book Excerpt:

Annotation: The Index is published in two physical volumes and sold as a set for $250.00. As America's geography and societal demands expanded, the topics in The Etude magazine (first published in 1883) took on such important issues as women in music; immigration; transportation; Native American and African American composers and their music; World War I and II; public schools; new technologies (sound recordings, radio, and television); and modern music (jazz, gospel, blues, early 20th century composers) in addition to regular book reviews, teaching advice, interviews, biographies, and advertisements. Though a valued source particularly for private music teachers, with the de-emphasis on the professional elite and the decline in salon music, the magazine ceased publication in 1957. This Index to the articles in The Etude serves as a companion to E. Douglas Bomberger's 2004 publication on the music in The Etude. Published a little over fifty years after the final issue reached the public, this Index chronicles vocal and instrumental technique, composer biographies, position openings, department store orchestras, the design of a successful music studio, how to play an accordion, recital programs in music schools, and much more. The Index is a valuable tool for research, particularly in the music culture of American in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. With titles of these articles available, the doors are now open for further research in the years to come.

Committed Theatre in Nigeria

Committed Theatre in Nigeria
Author: Segun Oyeleke Oyewo,Stephen Ogheneruro Okpadah,Taiwo Okunola Afolabi
Publsiher: Lexington Books
Total Pages: 231
Release: 2020-06-01
ISBN: 149859381X
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Committed Theatre in Nigeria Book Excerpt:

This book provides an overview of the full range of the teaching and practice of Committed Theatre and theatre of commitment in Nigeria for scholars in the arts and cultural studies. It is divided into four sections; Chapter 1: Theatre in Development Discourse, which is comprised of four papers that explore the theories of practice of theatre of commitment. Chapter 2 : Nigerian Theatre in Perspective discusses the trends, ethos of revolution, theatrical elements and communalistic/individualistic tendencies and the taboos theatre, drama and traditional theatre in Nigeria. In Chapter 3, the social, cultural and historical implications of Nigeria theatre, is examined in papers that focus on politics, theatre, and echoes of separatism in Nigeria and including an analysis of Aesthetagement of the Calabar Carnival in Nigeria. Chapter 4 performs a critical analysis of committed theatre practices from a global perspective. Interviews were conducted with committed artistes from Nigeria, Canada, Ethiopia, and Indonesia. Committed Theatre Perspectives in Teaching and Practice in Nigeria has the potential to impact the philosophy, teaching, and practice of theatre. The ideas contained in the book provide an excellent framework for understanding the importance and more importantly, the impact of theatre on society.

100 Greatest American Plays

100 Greatest American Plays
Author: Thomas S. Hischak
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 408
Release: 2017-03-06
ISBN: 1442256060
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

100 Greatest American Plays Book Excerpt:

100 Greatest American Plays is the 1st book on the 100 greatest American, non-musical plays. Arranged alphabetically, each entry covers each play extensively including the plot, the production history, a summary of the critical reaction, its influence and long-range effects, cast lists of notable stage and film versions, and a playwright biography.

The Theatre of August Wilson

The Theatre of August Wilson
Author: Alan Nadel
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2018-05-17
ISBN: 147252764X
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Theatre of August Wilson Book Excerpt:

The first comprehensive study of August Wilson's drama introduces the major themes and motifs that unite Wilson's ten-play cycle about African American life in each decade of the twentieth century. Framed by Wilson's life experiences and informed by his extensive interviews, this book provides fresh, coherent, detailed readings of each play, well-situated in the extant scholarship. It also provides an overview of the cycle as a whole, demonstrating how it comprises a compelling interrogation of American culture and historiography. Keenly aware of the musical paradigms informing Wilson's dramatic technique, Nadel shows how jazz and, particularly, the blues provide the structural mechanisms that allow Wilson to examine alternative notions of time, property, and law. Wilson's improvisational logics become crucial to expressing his notions of black identity and resituating the relationship of literal to figurative in the African American community. The final two chapters include contributions by scholars Harry J. Elam, Jr. and Donald E. Pease

Historical Dictionary of African American Theater

Historical Dictionary of African American Theater
Author: Anthony D. Hill
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 754
Release: 2018-11-09
ISBN: 1538117290
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Historical Dictionary of African American Theater Book Excerpt:

This second edition of Historical Dictionary of African American Theater, Second Edition contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 700 cross-referenced entries on actors, playwrights, plays, musicals, theatres, -directors, and designers.

Memory in Play

Memory in Play
Author: A. Favorini
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 323
Release: 2008-12-08
ISBN: 0230617166
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Memory in Play Book Excerpt:

This innovative study examines the role of memory in the history of theatre and drama. Favorini analyzes issues of memory in self-construction, collective memory, the clash of memory and history and even explores what the work of cognitive scientists can teach us about brain function and our response to drama.