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Moline’s Playcrafters Theatre Offers Relevant Lessons Today from ‘30s-Era “Piano Lesson”

July 15th, 2021
Moline's Playcrafters Theatre Offers Relevant Lessons Today from ‘30s-Era “Piano Lesson”

An August playwright has a July drama opening this weekend at Playcrafters Barn Theatre, 4950 35th Ave., Moline. While the Pulitzer-winning “The Piano Lesson” by August Wilson (1945-2005) is set in the 1930s of The Great Depression, its discordant, clashing notes resolve in peaceful harmony that carry forceful lessons for our fractious times today. Directed by Kermit Thomas of Moline, part of Wilson’s epic “American Century Cycle,” in “The Piano Lesson,” it’s 1936, and Boy Willie arrives in Pittsburgh from the South in a battered truck loaded with watermelons to sell. He has an... Read More

Meet Kermit Thomas Of Playcrafters’ ‘The Piano Lesson’, Our Artist In Conversation

July 14th, 2021
Meet Kermit Thomas Of Playcrafters' 'The Piano Lesson', Our Artist In Conversation

Artists in Conversation is a weekly column running Wednesdays on QuadCities.com. It features a conversation with a local creator or creators going into their artistic process, projects and more. Get to know your local arts scene and local creators better on QuadCities.com with Artists In Conversation! If you’re a local creator and would like to be featured, please email us at Sean@QuadCities.com or Tristan@QuadCities.com! Kermit Thomas is a first time director at the helm of August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson,” winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, which opens  this weekend... Read More