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The Modern Drama Discussion Group
of Washington, DC

Now playing: April 17, 2014

The Piano Lesson

Each month, 35-50 Footlights members meet over dinner with playwrights, directors, and scholars to discuss modern drama. We read the plays on our own, meet at inexpensive restaurants near Washington-area metro stations, and eventually attend performances of most of the plays we've discussed. You can attend our dinner-discussions, join our theater trips, or both. 

Membership is free. We do ask that you read the plays for discussion in advance. There is a $5 charge to attend the discussion. You pay for dinner and theater tickets. Footlights always gets group rates at local theaters. Contributions to Footlights are tax-deductible.

Footlights turns its attention to another of August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle plays, The Piano Lesson, on Thursday, April 17. The Pittsburgh Cycle is his series of ten plays that charts the African American experience throughout the 20th century. The Piano Lesson – written in 1990, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama that year – is set in the 30s. Brother and sister Boy Willie and Berniece clash over whether or not they should sell an ancient piano that was exchanged for their great grandfather's wife and son in the days of slavery.

We are very pleased to welcome Piano Lesson director Jamil Jude and Jason King Jones, Associate Artistic Director at Olney Theatre, as our guests. Footlights member Pat Peyser will moderate our discussion.

We will meet at Casa Fiesta, 4910 Wisconsin Ave NW, in DC between Fessenden and Ellicott Streets. Dinner is a buffet selection of Salvadoran food. $20 covers the cost of dinner and discussion. Dinner is at 6:30; the discussion begins at 7:30. Reserve with Mary Ann Wren, wjwren@erols.com or 301-770-4572.
If you have to cancel, please let Mary Ann know by noon of the day of the event, so we have an accurate count for the restaurant. We may have to pay for no-shows.

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This page was last updated on April 03, 2014.