Samuel L. Jackson has signed on to direct the Broadway play The Piano Lesson with his wife LaTanya Richardson Jackson… after winning an Oscar
Samuel L. Jackson returns to Broadway.
The Marvels actor has chosen a revival of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama The Piano Lesson to mark his return to theater after a 10-year hiatus. And his wife, LaTanya, will direct the play.
The announcement comes fresh from the multi-talented actor, who received the Oscar for lifetime achievement this month.
New Project: Fresh off receiving the Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement, Samuel L. Jackson travels to New York for a Broadway revival of The Piano Lesson
Making History: The Piano is a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by August Wilson. The Marvels actor’s wife, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, will become the first woman to direct a Wilson play on Broadway; seen Sunday
The Piano Lesson follows the life of the Charles family as they explore issues of family heritage and more as they decide what to do with an heirloom, the family piano.
The ‘Snakes on a Plane’ star’s wife, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, will make theater history as the first woman to direct an August Wilson play on Broadway.
Sam is already familiar with the material. He starred in the show as Boy Willie when it premiered at the Yale Repertory Theater in 1987 and served as an understudy when it opened on Broadway three years later.
Repeat history: The versatile actor starred in The Piano Lesson when it first premiered at the Yale Repertory Theater in 1987 and served as an understudy when it opened on Broadway three years later
This time the stage veteran slips into the role of Doaker Charles.
BlacKkKlansman star John David Washington (who is Denzel Washington’s son) will inhabit Boy Willie, and Tony nominee Danielle Brooks will play Berniece.
In a statement about the revival, Richardson Jackson said, “August Wilson dedicated his life and talent to dramatizing our stories and our experience.”
Power of Representation: Commenting on the play’s revival, Tony nominee Richardson Jackson said playwright August Wilson “changed forever what it means to be black in America.” His plays built empathy, created community, and showed us the power of representation.
“By doing so, he forever changed what it means to be black in America. His plays built empathy, created community, and showed us the power of representation.”
After a 30 year absence, The Piano Less will debut at the St James Theater on September 19th.
Richardson Jackson called it “one of [Wilson’s] most enduring, profound and consistent masterpieces.’ She also commented on her historic role as a director, saying, “I am delighted to have this opportunity to bring it to Broadway audiences for the first time since it premiered.”