This past weekend, Aaron and I had the opportunity to chat with Brian Weaver, artistic director of Portland Playhouse on Trixie Pop.
Portland Playhouse is dedicated to producing quality, intimate, performances in which the interaction between artists and audience is paramount. We hold theatre to be a space in which people of all social, economic, racial, sexual and political backgrounds can come together to celebrate the complexity of our shared human experience.
For its sixth production from August Wilson’s American Century Cycle, Portland Playhouse inaugurates Season 7 with a triumph of late twentieth-century American theatre: The Piano Lesson, widely considered Wilson’s greatest work. Winner of the Pulitzer, Tony, and Peabody awards when it premiered in 1990, The Piano Lesson transports us to post-Depression, Great Migration-era Pittsburgh in 1936. Boy Willie returns home with a plan to sell his family’s heirloom piano in order to buy himself a piece of land. But his sister Berniece won’t let this storied instrument and all the memory, pain, and sacrifice it contains, leave the Charles family. Who wins when the past competes with the future?
The production has been extended until November 9.
Season 7 also includes their award winning production: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes (a co-production with Sojourn Theatre), The Other Place by Sharr White, and Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play by Anne Washburn.
Listen to our conversation with Brian Weaver:
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— Dennise M. Kowalczyk (Host of Trixie Pop)