FRINGE THEATER CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Fringe Theater celebrates Black History month with a staged reading of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson presented at the Frederick Douglass Community Center, located at 111 Olivia Street, at 7pm on February 15 and 16.
The Piano Lesson, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist, focuses on the conflict surrounding a family heirloom. Should it be sold to create a stable financial future or cherished as a symbol of loss and promise?
“I was so honored to be asked by the Fringe to help put this project together,” says Wilhelmina Lopez Martin, the show’s director. “It’s a unique opportunity to bring the community together as we tell the story of a family trying to make tomorrow better than yesterday.”
The play is set in Pittsburgh, 1936. Boy Willy has traveled from the deep south to sell the family’s piano so he can buy the land his family once worked as slaves. His sister, Berniece refuses to part with the piano as the family’s history is carved as pictographs on its panels.
The cast includes Clayton Lopez, Gil Parker, Joan Leggett, Jerry Butler, Glenwood Lopez, Detra Dor, and Richard Quint with Coffee Butler on piano.
“We’re delighted to take our audience to a new venue,” explains Janet Bengel, Fringe’s Board President. “More importantly though, we’re excited to include more of our island community in the Fringe Theater experience. This is just the beginning of Fringe’s plans to make sure our community-focused-theater focuses on our whole community.”
A special presentation of this reading will be presented to the 7th and 8th grade students at the Horace O’Bryant School. In addition, donations will be accepted at the performance to support the girls and boys basketball league that is held in the spring at the Frederick Douglass gym.
Fringe’s staged reading of The Piano Lesson is presented in partnership with the City of Key West and the Florida Keys Council of the Arts. Tickets are $20 general admission and $30 reserved. They are available online at www.fringetheater.org or by calling 305-731-0581.
The Frederick Douglass Community Center is located at 111 Olivia Street, and a city parking lot is located next to the center (at the end of Olivia Street).
Pictured: Wilhelmina Lopez Martin, Joana Leggett, Clayton Lopez, Jerry Butler, Richard Quint, and Gil Parker