August Wilson’s Seven Guitars

Sponsored by:
  • Brown Forman

September 1 - September 20, 2015

Run Time: 3 hours
There will be one 15-minute intermission

directed by Colman Domingo

September 1 – 20, 2015

After serving jail time on a trumped-up vagrancy charge, blues musician Floyd Barton sets out to win back his girl and reclaim his pawned guitar, hoping to make a new hit record. Set in 1948 in the backyard of a Pittsburgh apartment house, Seven Guitars follows Floyd’s circle of friends and neighbors—the play’s seven voices—as they spin a rich tale of the deck that’s stacked against them, what they’ve lost and all they dream. This lyrical play is part of August Wilson’s Century Cycle, which charts the African-American experience through each decade of the 20th century.

Audience Advisory:  Strong language and sexual situations
Age Recommendations: Ages 16+
Student Matinee Grade Levels: 10 – 12

The Buzz about Seven Guitars

“Seven Guitars delivers everything one could want to find in a theatre today: thoughtful and provocative writing staged and played in nearly flawless fashion. It is a strong, challenging opening salvo for the new season.” – Keith Waits, Full Review 

“While “Seven Guitars” is a story weighted with sorrows and hints of joy and Wilson’s rich language, Domingo and his cast provide it with a lyrical life that sheds light on history and where we are now — whether or not that’s in Pittsburgh.” – Elizabeth Kramer, The Courier Journal Full Review

“The cast and director Colman Domingo have done a terrific job of finding numerous pockets of humor that make it largely entertaining.” – Michelle Rynbrandt, Full Review





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Actors Theater of Louisville
316 West Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Box Office: 502.584.1205
502.371.0956 TDD

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