Dmae Roberts talks with director Kevin Jones and actress Chantal DeGroat about August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson about to open at Portland Playhouse. Tune in for an insightful talk about this sixth production of Wilson’s American Century Cycle that opens the 7th season of Portland Playhouse. We’ll hear about the play as well the August Wilson Red Door Project, an organization with a mission to change the racial ecology of Portland that Jones co-founded and now runs as artistic director.
Some highlights from the show:
–How performing August Wilson is just as challenging as Shakespeare.
–A great emotionally riveting monologue performed by Chantal from “The Piano Lesson.”
–A prison worksong from “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.”
–Generational differences in understanding the history of Wilson’s plays.
–Chantal through working this play found acceptance as a mixed-race African American woman.
–Kevin talks about theatre diversity not as a “race issue” but as a conversation about how theatres need to change internally to evolve.
More Info about the play:
Directed by Kevin Jones
Portland PlayHouse at The Church |602 NE Prescott St, Portland, OR 97211
Performance Dates: September 24-November 2, 2014
Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm, Tuesday at 7:30pm (October 21 and 28 only), Sunday at 7:00pm (October 12 and 19 only)
Tickets:$24-$48, Box Office: 503-488-5822. For more info: www.portlandplayhouse.org.