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Signature’s Off-Broadway Revival of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, helmed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, runs October 30 -December 9, 2012

Eric Lenox Abrams (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”) as Avery, Chuck Cooper (Finian’s Rainbow) as Wining Boy, Brandon J. Dirden (Clybourne Park, Signature’s The First Breeze of Summer) as Boy Willie, Jason Dirden (Signature’s The First Breeze of Summer) as Lymon, Alexis Holt (South Pacific tour) as Maretha, Mandi Masden (Off-Broadway debut) as Grace, Roslyn Ruff (Signature’s Seven Guitars, The Help) as Berniece and James A. Williams (Signature’s My Children! My Africa!) as Doaker, are set for Signature Theatre’s Off-Broadway revival of THE PIANO LESSON by August Wilson, helmed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson. All tickets for the initial run of the production are $25 as part of the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access. The production runs October 30 through December 9, 2012, with a November 18 opening night in The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues).

Signature returns to the rich body of work of its 2006-07 Playwright-in-Residence August Wilson with a new production of his Pulitzer Prize-winning THE PIANO LESSON. In Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1936, the Charles family battle their surroundings and each other over their shared legacy – an antique piano. The fourth play of August Wilson’s epic Century Cycle, The Piano Lesson is a stunning and moving drama of family, history, and survival.

The design team includes Michael Carnahan (Scenic Designer), Karen Perry (Costume Designer), Rui Rita (Lighting Designer), David Van Tieghem (Sound Designer), Bill Sims, Jr. (Original Music), J. David Brimmer (Fight Direction), Valerie Gladstone (Wig & Hair Designer), and Vinnie Bagwell (Piano Sculptor). Rebecca Goldstein-Glaze is Production Stage Manager.

To purchase tickets for all Signature productions, call the Signature Theatre Box Office (212-244-7529) or visit signaturetheatre.org.

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