The African American playwright, August Wilson, was among the greatest American playwrights of the twentieth century, a true poet of the American stage. The Piano Lesson is one of his greatest and most affecting plays, describing African American life in the 1930s. The fourth in his Century Cycle, The Piano Lesson centers on a piano, a prized family possession and beloved symbol in the Charles family home. If you are unfamiliar with his plays, this study group hopes to introduce you to his genius; if you already know his work, this study group will further your familiarity with his work. We will read and discuss the play The Piano Lesson by August Wilson (Plume Reprint Edition, 1990) and watch the Hallmark Hall of Fame production.