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The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation presents

August Wilson's Seven Guitars

The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation presents

August Wilson's Seven Guitars

Directed by Ron "OJ" Parson

Not Currently Playing
Rouse Theatre

About the Show

It’s 1948 in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, and blues music echoes throughout the neighborhood. A group of old friends gathers to mourn and reminisce about Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton — a gifted guitarist whose star was on the rise and whose untimely death has irrevocably changed each of them. With live blues and lyrical dialogue, August Wilson weaves a poetic and poignant composition about the Black American experience. This landmark, Tony Award-winning play — a part of Wilson’s American Century Cycle — promises a soulful exploration of the ties that bind and the chords that hold us together.

Content Advisory

August Wilson’s Seven Guitars is suitable for adult and older teenage audiences. This landmark script contains adult language (including the n-word) as it explores the tunes of life for the story’s characters. Through poetic dialogue and blues melodies, they speak frankly and deeply about hardship, violence, death and racism. 

Running Time

The show runs approximately 3 hours, with a 20-minute intermission.

View the Program

You can view the Digital Program now online

Digital Program


A Story As Soulful As Its Music

Lyrical language, earnest characters and a skillful infusion of the blues reveal the true wonder of Seven Guitars.

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Saran Bakari (she/her)


Bryant Bentley (he/Him)

Red Carter/Fight Captain

Kevin Brown (he/him)


Kierra Bunch (she/her)

Vera Dotson

Marsha Estell (she/her)

Louise/Dance Captain

Dimonte Henning (he/him)

Floyd "Schoolboy" Barton

Vincent Jordan (he/him)


August Wilson


Ron OJ Parson (he/him)


Shaun L. Motley (he/him)

Set Designer

Yvonne L. Miranda (she/her)

Costume Designer

Jason Fassl (he/him)

Lighting Designer

Andre J. Pluess (he/him)

Sound Designer

Cristin Carole (she/her)

Movement/Intimacy Consultant

Jonathan Hetler (he/him)

Casting Director

Brooke Redler (she/her)

Stage Manager

Andrea L. Shell (she/her)

Second Stage Manager





Photo of Dimonte Henning by Michael Brosilow.

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