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Samuel L. Jackson returning to Broadway in revival of “The Piano Lesson,” directed by wife LaTanya Richardson Jackson

NEW YORK — Movie star Samuel L. Jackson is returning to Broadway, being directed by his wife, LaTanya Richardson Jackson.

He’s starring in “The Piano Lesson,” written by the late Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson.

“Because I’ve been with [Jackson] for 53 years, it becomes a sort of coded situation to talk to him,” Richardson Jackson stated.

She and her husband are taking over new roles.

“When I’m playing a character in an August Wilson play, I can live it … I’ve done ‘Piano Lesson,’ ‘Fences,’ and ‘Two Trains.’ I was the original Wolf in ‘Two Trains Running,’ also,” Jackson advised CBS2’s Dana Tyler on Wednesday.

“To be able to interpret or helm, to amplify what August Wilson’s incredible work does is, for me, the answer to a dream,” Richardson Jackson stated.

“The Piano Lesson,” first on Broadway in 1990, is one of Wilson’s 10 performs written about African Americans. The play focuses on brother and sister Boy Willie and Berniece as they argue over whether or not to promote or preserve their household’s heirloom piano.

In the function of Boy Willie is Broadway newcomer John David Washington, who starred in the movie “BlacKkKlansman.”

“None of this is easy, but it is a nice feeling to be able to try anything, to fail in this process right now and just go for it,” he stated.

Danielle Brooks is Berniece, the sister who does not need to half with the piano.

“There’s a lot that she’s trying to control and put a lid on and not show, and she can’t,” Brooks stated.

Actor Trai Byers, from the TV present “Empire,” performs a minister.

“Along comes this piece of paper that has August Wilson’s words on it, and I mean, I’d known the play because, you know, obviously we know that play, but I knew it a little bit more intimately because of grad school,” he stated.

August Wilson’s widow, Constanza Romero Wilson, is obsessed with preserving her late husband’s legacy.

“I think that he would just be, like, completely delighted that a whole new generation of actors has taken on this play,” she stated.

“The Piano Lesson” is about in the Thirties. The group bringing it again to Broadway says Wilson’s phrases concerning the Black household expertise, legacy and racism nonetheless deeply resonate right now.

“You cannot underestimate how important and how powerful his voice is. You do not hear this,” actor Michael Potts stated.

“The characters are genuine and real in a way that’s honest for us as a race,” Jackson stated.

“Everyone will be able to come and see what August’s work really how it still lives and lives now,” Richardson Jackson stated.

The connections to Wilson’s work run deep for Jackson, Richardson Jackson and Washington.

Jackson starred as Boy Willie in 1987 when “The Piano Lesson” premiered at Yale, and he understudied the Broadway function in 1990.

Richardson Jackson, in the meantime, was in one other Wilson play in 2009, and she or he co-starred with Denzel Washington in one other Broadway play in 2014.

John David Washington’s dad is Denzel Washington, who starred in one other Wilson play, “Fences,” in 2010.

The Washingtons and the Jacksons have been shut pals since their youngsters had been little.

Jackson says to work with John David in his first Broadway function, the identical one Jackson had 35 years in the past, is “gigantic” and so particular for each households.

Previews for “The Piano Lesson” begin on Sept. 19 on the Barrymore Theatre. Opening night time is Oct. 13.

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