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Reading: “The Piano Lesson” by August Wilson

Last weekend, I finished reading “The Piano Lesson,” a two-act play by August Wilson, which I am reading for a brief independent study course on African-American drama. Having already read “Fences” numerous times – I teach the play in my upper-level creative writing courses – I was surprised at the similarities of tone and language in the two plays. The main similarity that struck me between the two plays was each having a mouthy dominant male character driving the plot: Troy in “Fences” and Boy Willie in “The Piano Lesson.” Both… Read more Reading: “The Piano Lesson” by August Wilson