As part of the yearlong August Wilson Festival, initiated by the Short North Stage and funded by a PNC Arts Alive grant, Denison University performed “The Piano Lesson” at the Garden Theatre in Columbus, Ohio. The play previously was performed at the college's Ace Morgan Theatre.
The audience was sprinkled with both the faces of Denison faculty, staff, students, and alumni as well as members of the Columbus community.
“This collaboration of performing the play here is great exposure for Denison in the theatre in Columbus,” said Richard Jordan, parent of Skylar Jordan ’13. “They may not go to Granville, but they will come here.”
One Columbus resident and August Wilson fan commented on the collaboration between Denison and the Columbus art scene saying, “Any time you bring students into the formal arts, it is a great experience.”
The play was first performed in the Ace Morgan Theatre on Denison’s campus before heading to the Short North Stage and is directed by Denison’s Cheryl McFarren and Stafford C. Berry, Jr.
“For the cast, crew, and creative team, “The Piano Lesson” has been a ‘real’ opportunity for meaningful intercultural dialogue,” reads the directors’ note in the brochure. “Deeply listening to the voices of African American experience, in the people of both the play and its production, has changed and enriched us all.”
Denison University continues to collaborate with the Columbus community in the arts, internships and events.