Winner! 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Winner! 1990 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding New Play

It is 1936 and Boy Willie arrives in Pittsburgh from the South in a battered truck loaded with watermelons to sell. He has an opportunity to buy some land down home, but he has to come up with the money right quick. He wants to sell an old piano that has been in his family for generations, but he shares ownership with his sister and it sits in her living room. She has already rejected several offers because the antique piano is covered with incredible carvings detailing the family’s rise from slavery. Boy Willie tries to persuade his stubborn sister that the past is past, but she is more formidable than he anticipated.

Director Jade King Carroll received the Paul Green Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Professional from the National Theatre Conference and The Estate of August Wilson. She is the first African American woman to direct on the CFRT mainstage.


Lawrence Hamilton*, Marvin Bell*, Alphonse Nicholson, Kyma Lassiter, Sonny Kelly, Marquis Gibson, Lydia Williamson, Jada Darden
*Appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity

Special Events

Cape Fear Regional Theatre Season Library Series
Monday, February 24 at 7:00 pm
Jade King Carroll gives a behind the scenes peek at the production and talks about the historical context of the African American experience.
Join us in the Pate Room of the Main Library on Maiden Lane.
Free Event – No Reservations Necessary

Come take a look Behind the Curtain
Tuesday, February 25 at 6:15 pm
Join Director Jade King Carroll and other artists for a
conversation about The Piano Lesson at CFRT. Enjoy a nibble and a sip while you gain special access to the design, casting, and direction of The Piano Lesson.
Free Event – No Reservations Necessary

*Saturday Matinee Family Day

Join us for the Saturday Matinee on 3/22 and SAVE!
Tickets for groups of 4 or more are $12!

The Piano Lesson is CFRT’s Classic Theatre production for the 2013-2014 Season. For eighteen years, CFRT has partnered with Cumberland County Schools to engage, entertain and educate students. In addition to the performances for the general public, over 2,000 CCS high school students will attend the student matinee performances at no charge to them.
$10 pays for one student ticket. $100 pays for 10!

Gifts for students to attend The Piano Lesson may be sent to: CFRT, P.O. Box 53723, Fayetteville, NC 28305 or online at

Lawrence Hamilton

Wining Boy

Marvin Bell


J. Alphonse Nicholson

Boy Willie

Kyma Lassiter


Marquis D. Gibson


Jada Dardan


Sonny Kelly


Lydia Williamson



Jade King Carroll


Dave Griffie

Scenic Designer

Denise Payton

Music Director

Eric Hall

Costume Designer

David Castaneda

Lighting Designer

Michael Betts

Sound Designer

Kenneth Blinn

Production Coordinator

James Rogers

Technical Director

Michael Windham

Stage Manager

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Fayetteville Urban Ministry’s Sonny Kelly has love for acting¬†Fayetteville Observer, March 15, 2014