By August Wilson Directed by Kevin Jones
October 12 – November 11 Artists Repertory Theatre, Morrison Stage
The rhythm of 1948 Pittsburgh comes to life with August Wilson’s seven African American characters whose backyard chords and Chicago dreams play out a yearning whisper and an indignant refrain. Buried romance, resentments and aspirations are unearthed in these everyday lives much like epic lyrics to a moving story. The rooster crows for justice, the musicians weave like boxers as hope, pride and desperation partner to waltz away the American Dream. Seven Guitars is the sixth play in August Wilson’s set of 10 plays exploring the African-American experience in the 20th Century. Part of the Red Door Project’s August Wilson Red Door Festival.
Seven Guitars is directed by Kevin Jones, co-founder of the Red Door Project. Jones’s Portland theatre credits include A Lesson Before Dying at Profile Theatre (2012, director), Gem of the Ocean at Portland Playhouse (2012, “Caesar Wilks”), and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at Portland Playhouse (2011, director).
We’ll be kicking off the August Wilson Red Door Festival on opening night, October 12, before the show. Look for the Red Door, stop by, and say hi!
Oct 9, 10, & 11
Oct 12 – Nov 11
Dates to Remember
Oct 12: The August Wilson Red Door Festival Kickoff Celebration
Oct 14: Post show discussion following matinee
Oct 19: Happy Hour
Oct 24: Student Discussion following student matinee
Oct 27: Constanza Romero Photography Presentation before show
Oct 28: Red Door Project facilitated talkback following matinee
Nov 4: Education Panel
Nov 4: Book Club