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Discussion questions for
August Wilson's The Piano Lesson


1. Who do you think is right in this argument, Berniece or Boy Willie? Why?

2. What is the lesson of the Piano? Who teaches whom?

3. There is a kind of "spiritual exorcism" that takes place here? Is this another way of knowing? Can there possibly be a ghost of Sutter which could reside in the piano? Are such experiences possible? And valid?

4. What other ideas in the play would you be interested in exploring in the seminar?