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Seven Guitars

seven-guitars-2016-art“A raw dose of reality….a tug of war of hope and despair.”
– Sharon Eberson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Seven Guitars

By August Wilson
Directed by Mark Clayton Southers
August 5-28 2016
at 1727 Bedford Avenue, Hill District

It’s 1948, and aspiring blues musician Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton, just out of jail, is asked to sign a record deal after a song he recorded months before becomes an unexpected hit. Can his fight for his own humanity, self-understanding and self-acceptance succeed in the face of personal and societal ills?

Our hugely successful production of August Wilson’s tragicomedy, which received Tony and Pulitzer nominations for its Broadway run in 1995, took place in the back yard of August Wilson’s childhood home, the actual setting of the play, a first.

Reviews: Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh in the Round, Pittsburgh Owl Scribe, Burgh Vivant (video), City Paper, Entertainment Central, City Paper blog, Pittsburgh Tatler, New Pittsburgh Courier

Lynne Hayes Freeland show video: Making Of Seven Guitars, Under The Stars

Previews: New Pittsburgh Courier, Post-Gazette, City Paper, Entertainment Central, Next Pittsburgh, Monocle Arts (audio)

Pittsburgh Today Live video: Interview, Scene

Video Preview: Post-Gazette

Original Cover Artwork by James “P-Wee” White Jr.
About the Cover Artist: Post-Gazette

Photos of the Production

Seven Guitars performance (photo by Chris Chatman)
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Photos by Chris Chapman, Joy Southers and Gail Manker


Ty Barrow

Jonathan Berry

Teri Bridgett

Kevin Brown

Jamilah Chanie

Wali Jamal

Leslie Ezra Smith

Watch the Post-Gazette’s Preview Video About the Production

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Support for Seven Guitars was provided by:

Sponsor logos: GPAC, Heinz, Pgh Foundation, RAD, RK Mellon Foundation, Advancing Black Arts in Pgh