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Written by August Wilson and directed by August Wilson,Scenic design by John Grimsley, lighting design by Donna King, and costumes by Wanda (Ms. B) Bryant.
The Anthony Bean Community Theater is proud to be closing its' 2012 season with this production by the great American playwright August Wilson. Seven Guitars is filled with the funny, sweet, mythic qualities of Wilson's best work. And the director, Anthony Bean is so pleased to direct a stellar cast in this epic story of love and yearning.
The Anthony Bean Community Theater is proud to be closing its' 2012 season with this production by the great American playwright August Wilson. Seven Guitars is filled with the funny, sweet, mythic qualities of Wilson's best work. And the director, Anthony Bean is so pleased to direct a stellar cast in this epic story of love and yearning. Starring veteran actors Gwendolyne Foxworth, Will Williams and Roscoe Reddix.
August Wilson is best known for his History or Pittsburgh Cycle, a series of 10 plays with one play set in each decade of the 20th century. This cycle, comprised of a play for each decade of the 20th century, has garnered numerous prestigious awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes of five nominations and nine Tony Award nominations for Best New Play. Seven Guitars was the 6th play of this cycle produced on Broadway.
This will be Anthony Bean Community Theater ninth production of a play by August Wilson, a poet-turned-playwright born and raised in Pittsburgh who literally changed the face of American theatre. As the most produced playwright in the 1990s, his prominence gave rise to many African American stage actors.
This play is a celebration of the community, but also explores the struggles of individuals in their search for the American dream. At the core of the play is a way money serves as a tragic weapon against the souls of these characters. The lack of it, the want of it, and the treatment of others based on it. Seven Guitars speaks in a spirited, sexy, poetic way about how money and related concepts of success and happiness shape the identity of the characters and in turn our American identity.
Seven Guitars won a New York Drama Critics Circle Award and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, and Drama Desk Award.
Seven Guitars is set in May of 1948 in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Penn., where Wilson was born and raised, and all of the action takes place in the backyard of a house shared by several of the characters in the play. The play centers around Floyd Barton, a blues guitar player on the threshold of success. Influenced by the narrative structure of a short story by Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges, Wilson crafts this story as a memory play and we begin after Floyd's funeral and then flashback to events leading to his death. Throughout the play, characters battle with questions of ambition, love, death, heritage, faith, and individual as well as cultural legacies as all of them struggle to achieve their dreams and find their place in the world.
Starring veteran actors Gwendolyne Foxworth, Will Williams and Roscoe Reddix. The cast also includes veteran actors of the ABCT stage- Al Aubry, Coti Gayles, Giselle Nakhid and newcomer Sean Beard.Starring