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The Piano Lesson: Screening & Discussion

  • Lambert's Point Community Center 1251 West 42nd Street Norfolk, VA, 23508 United States (map)

Naro Video, in collaboration with the Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities and Lambert’s Point Community Center, proudly presents a free, family-friendly screening and short discussion of the movie The Piano Lesson (1995, PG).

The plot is set in Pittsburgh in the 1930s and features an African-American family struggling over the disposition of a valuable family heirloom - an ornately carved piano deeply meaningful to all. Sister Berniece wants to keep it because of its connection to family history, but Boy Willie wants to sell it and buy the land on which their family was once enslaved. Family members are forced to take sides. This film is rated PG and may not be suitable for all children.

This film is based on the play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson. The cast is mostly comprised of the actors who played in the original Broadway stage production, including the great Charles Dutton as Boy Willie and Alfre Woodard as his sister Berneice.

Dr. Page Laws, Professor of English and Dean of the R C Nusbaum Honors College at NSU will introduce the film and lead the short discussion immediately following. Families are encouraged to attend and engage in the discussion together.

Professor Laws is a specialist on films and literature in African-American culture. She recently led a program in the Norfolk Public Schools discussing the Virginia Stage Company’s production of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye to explore issues of racial separation and reconciliation.

This program was made possible by a grant from the Norfolk Commission on the Arts & Humanities.

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