August Wilson's Seven Guitars

  • Credits

    Written by August Wilson
    Directed by Tazewell Thompson

  • Location

    Fichandler Stage

“Rich with exceptionally vivid characters”

 Variety

“Stirring performances”

 Time Out Chicago

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 Comcast NBC Universal .
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

Ruby

JOY JONES

Vera/Fight Captain

RODERICK LAWRENCE

Floyd Barton

EDEN MARRYSHOW

Red Carter

KEVIN E. THORNE II

Floyd/Red Carter/Hedley/Canewell Understudy

DAVID EMERSON TONEY

Hedley

ROZ WHITE

Louise

MICHAEL ANTHONY WILLIAMS

Canewell

RENEE ELIZABETH WILSON

Vera/Ruby/Louise Understudy

Creative

AUGUST WILSON

Playwright

TAZEWELL THOMPSON

Director

DONALD EASTMAN

Set Designer

HARRY NADAL

Costume Designer

ROBERT WIERZEL

Lighting Designer

FABIAN OBISPO

Sound Designer

ANNE NESMITH

Wig Designer

RON PIRETTI

Fight Director

VICTOR VAZQUEZ, C.S.A.

Casting

JZ CASTING/GEOFF JOSSELSON, C.S.A. and KATJA ZAROLINSKI, C.S.A.

New York Casting

MARNE ANDERSON

Stage Manager

EMILY ANN MELLON

Assistant Stage Manager

A Conversation With Costanza Romero Wilson
Photo of Eden Marryshow, Michael Anthony Williams, Roz White and Joy Jones by Ryan Maxwell Photography.
Photo of Joy Jones and Roderick Lawrence by Ryan Maxwell Photography.
Photo of Roz White and Joy Jones by Ryan Maxwell Photography.
Photo of Joy Jones and Roz White by Ryan Maxwell Photography.
Photo of Joy Jones and Roderick Lawrence by Ryan Maxwell Photography.
Photo of Michael Anthony Williams, Roderick Lawrence and Eden Marryshow by Ryan Maxwell Photography.
Photo of Dane Figueroa Edidi by Ryan Maxwell Photography.
Photo of Michael Anthony Williams, Joy Jones, Eden Marryshow and Roderick Lawrence by Ryan Maxwell Photography.
Photo of Roderick Lawrence and David Emerson Toney by Ryan Maxwell Photography.
Roderick Lawrence and Joy Jones for 'Seven Guitars' by Tony Powell.
Roderick Lawrence for 'Seven Guitars' by Tony Powell.

In The News

DC Metro Theater Arts

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WPFW

Tazewell Thompson on directing August Wilson's Seven Guitars

District Fray

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

WTOP

Arena Stage presents August Wilson's Seven Guitars

DC Metro Theater Arts

'I have to live in hope': Tazewell Thompson gets personal

Broadway World

Cast and creative team announced for August Wilson's Seven Guitars