For Immediate Release: 
KANSAS CITY, MO. (November 14, 2022) KC Melting Pot Theatre is proud to present,

The Piano Lesson

 by August Wilson.

As The Piano Lesson enjoys a run on Broadway in New York, KCMPT opens its production locally. KCMPT’s production is directed by its August Wilson champion and  August Wilson Society Board of Advisors member, Melonnie Walker.

It’s 1936, and Boy Willie arrives in Pittsburg from the South in a battered truck loaded with watermelons to sell. He has an opportunity to buy some land down home, but he must come up with the money quickly. He wants to sell and old piano that has been in his family for generations, but he shares ownership with his sister, and it sits in her living room. She has already rejected several offers because the antique piano is covered with incredible carvings detailing the family’s rise from slavery. Boy Willie tries to persuade his stubborn sister that the past is past, but she is more formidable than he anticipated.

Performance Dates/Times:
Thursday, 12/1/22 7:30 pm – Preview/Press Night
Friday, 12/2/22 7:30 pm – Opening
Saturday, 12/3/22 7:30 pm
Sunday, 12/4/22 2:00 pm*
Wednesday, 12/7/22 7:30 pm
Thursday, 12/8/22 7:30 pm*
Friday, 12/9/22 7:30 pm
Saturday, 12/10/22 7:30 pm – Closing

* Talk back following performance

Berniece – Jackie Price
Boy Willie – Lewis Morrow
Doaker – Dennis Jackson
Avery – Daniel Andre’
Lymon – Timothy Burks
Whining Boy – Desmond (337) Jones
Grace – Amber Redmond
Maretha – Anaya Morrow

Production Team:
Director – Melonnie Walker
Scenographer – Doug Schroeder
Lights – Warren Deckert
Stage Manager – Lynn King
Assistant Stage Manager – Ebonee Grace
Sound Designer – Dennis Jackson

General admission – $25.
Seniors (60+) and students – $20
Community Nights (Wednesday and Thursdays) – $15
Group discounts and press comps available

COVID-19 Guidelines
Properly worn masks are required

As the premier African American theater company in Kansas City, our primary goal is to explore theatrical
works, old and new, that feature complex stories of African American life. We seek to build coalitions and
partnerships across the diversity spectrum that can create bridges that facilitate opportunities to
understand and celebrate our similarities and our differences.

For interview requests and general questions, contact Linda Williams at 816-226-8087 or
All productions will be held at:
Just Off Broadway Theatre
3051 Central in Penn Valley Park
Kansas City Mo. 64108

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KC Melting Pot Theatre

3051 Central
Kansas City, MO 64108
Media Contact:
Linda Williams
General Manager
(816) 226-8087