The Piano Lesson


Please see below for an important announcement from Le Petit

Berniece Charles is planning to bestow her family’s antique piano to her daughter, but her brother Boy Willie has other ideas. He wants to sell the heirloom for cash to buy the land their family once worked as slaves. In this intimate story, brother and sister struggle over how to claim their family’s legacy and when to free themselves of the past.


To our Le Petit Theatre Family,
After much consideration and consultation with local healthcare professionals and civic leaders, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our final week of performances of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson. Including Sunday, March 15th at 3pm, all performances through March 22nd have been cancelled. 
For those of you who hold tickets to our final week of performances, we are offering the following options:
We kindly ask that you email your ticketing requests to, or call 504-522-2081 ext. 1. Over the weekend, messages left at other extensions may not be received. 
Please note that as of now our production of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and A Night with Janis Joplin will still play as scheduled.
We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you at the theatre soon!

This production runs 3 hours, including one 15-minute intermission.

"Under Williams’ direction, the fine ensemble of actors rises to the mastery of Wilson’s writing, coaxing delicate drama from the entangled lives of these robust, complicated characters." -




This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Le Petit Theatre is grateful to these generous donors for their support of The Piano Lesson.


Leonard and Cynthia Alsfeld in honor of Jackie Clarkson

Margaret and Ken Beer

Charlotte Bollinger

Jay and Maggie Bourgeois

Ashley S. Bright

Marion Bright

Mr. and Mrs. Carlo Capomazza di Campolatarro

Leon Contavesprie in memory of Stocker Fontelieu

Katie and Carter Davis

Pat Denechaud

Nancy and Parke Ellis

Mrs. H. Mortimer Favrot, Jr.

Janice Foulks

Katherine and Tony Gelderman

Dathel and John Georges

Gwathmey Gomila

Elaine and Douglas Grundmeyer

Angela Hill

Libby and Bruce Hoefer

Ted Laborde

Kay McArdle

Susie Morgan

Andree K. Moss

Barbara Motley in memory of Carl Walker

Dr. Lynne Neitzschman

Joyce and Sidney Pulitzer

E. Alexandra Stafford

Jane and Rodney Steiner

Carroll W. Suggs

Carol Sutton

Cindy Howson Weinmann


Kathleen and Charlie Van Horn