Seven Guitars by August Wilson
Directed by William Earl Ray
Opens March 13, 2020
Seven Guitars is a 1995 play from August Wilson, a modern American playwright. The plot revolves around seven African American characters after the funeral of a friend in 1948. The play is part of Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, an anthology of plays about African American life in Pittsburgh set in each decade of the 20th century.
The Play’s recurring theme is the African American male’s fight for his own humanity, self-understanding and self-acceptance in the face of personal and societal ills. The rooster is a recurring symbol of black manhood throughout the play and provides a violent and shocking foreshadowing effect when Hedley delivers a fiery monologue and ritualistically slaughters one in front of the other characters.