August Wilson's Seven Guitars
November 26 - December 26, 2021
Written by August Wilson
Directed by Tazewell Thompson
“Rich with exceptionally vivid characters”
The lives of seven friends are irrevocably changed when their old friend and blues singer Floyd Barton reappears with a chance of a lifetime. Infused with deep and soaring blues rhythms, this “rich and exceptionally vivid” (Variety) play pits the determination for a better future against life's harsh realities, ultimately leading to heartbreaking and inescapable circumstances. Director Tazewell Thompson returns to Arena Stage to direct August Wilson’s Seven Guitars — the fifth play in Wilson’s American Century Cycle.
Prime Sponsorship for Seven Guitars is generously provided by and .
Supporting Sponsorship is generously provided by Judith N. Batty and Patricia and David Fisher.
Arena Stage offers this production in memory of long-time friend and Trustee Margot Kelly.
DANE FIGUEROA EDIDI
KEVIN E. THORNE II
DAVID EMERSON TONEY
MICHAEL ANTHONY WILLIAMS
RENEE ELIZABETH WILSON
VICTOR VAZQUEZ, C.S.A.
JZ CASTING/GEOFF JOSSELSON, C.S.A. and KATJA ZAROLINSKI, C.S.A.
EMILY ANN MELLON
In The News
WHUR 96.3 FM
An interview with Eden Marryshow who plays Red Carter in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars
Whisk and Quill
"A superb cast under the immensely talented direction of Tazewell Thompson."
Marvin Jackson interviews actress Roz White about her local ties, her acting career, and her role in August Wilson's Seven Guitars at Arena Stage.
"Arena Stage's solid production of Seven Guitars strikes a properly wistful tone for August Wilson's blues-tinged drama."
"Director Tazewell Thompson has brought together seven actors fluent in characterization and nuance for a transcendent production of Seven Guitars at Washington's Arena Stage."
MD Theatre Review
"My biggest holiday wish is for everyone, who is able, to have the opportunity to see Arena Stage’s Seven Guitars."
The Washington Informer
Arena Stage’s Production of August Wilson’s Seven Guitars is a Sizzling, Stupendous Success
The Dressing / Scene4
"The blues, music and grit of the life inspiring such melancholic tones, infuses August Wilson’s play Seven Guitars."
DC Metro Theater Arts
The blues in August Wilson's Seven Guitars at Arena Stage are exhilarating
A conversation with the ladies of August Wilson's Seven Guitars
The Washington Post
For actor Michael Anthony Williams, offstage day jobs have sharpened his craft onstage
DC Metro Theater Arts
'I have to live in hope': Tazewell Thompson gets personal
Cast and creative team announced for August Wilson's Seven Guitars