The Piano Lesson
by August Wilson
The Piano Lesson Questions
Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.
- How does all the music in The Piano Lesson affect the storytelling? What does it add to the overall meaning of the play?
- When Boy Charles, Doaker, and Wining Boy took the piano from Sutter's house, was it theft or an act of civil disobedience? Why do you think so?
- Read Wilson's other Pulitzer Prize winning play, Fences. Also, make sure to check out what Shmoop has to say about it. Compare and contrast the play to The Piano Lesson.
- We never actually see any of the ghosts in The Piano Lesson. How do you think this affects the play?