Seven Guitars


Saturday, November 11, 2017 8:00PM
Ruth Caplin Theatre

Seven Guitars
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Performed in the Ruth Caplin Theatre, on Grounds at UVA

Part of the 2017-18 Department of Drama season

By August Wilson

Director: Theresa M. Davis

This poetic, bittersweet play is part of August Wilson’s The American Century Cycle, which illuminates the African-American experience through each decade of the 20th century. Set in 1948 in the backyard of a Pittsburgh apartment house, Seven Guitars follows blues guitarist Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton as he desperately tries to rebound from serving jail time on a trumped-up vagrancy charge and find his way to Chicago, hoping to make a new hit record. Through Floyd’s friends and neighbors—the seven voices of the play—a rich, melodic tale of passion and pain plays out to reveal the desires and dreams of those sharing life in this urban backyard community. (Adult themes and content)