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CAPA Connects! Students create art to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank while paying homage to August Wilson‘s “Piano Lesson” and the great works of African-American artists throughout the 20th century.

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Pittsburgh CAPA Virtual Food Drive

Remembering Your Roots!

· In all of Wilson’s plays, knowing and honoring the collective past is essential to the community’s present-day viability.

· The piano in this play creates tension between brother and sister. As we read the play, focus on which sibling’s plans for the piano you believe most honor their ancestors

What is your legacy?

What will you leave behind?

You are special!

Make your life meaningful and memorable.

“I think the blues is the best literature that we as blacks have created since we’ve been here. And it’s a lot of philosophical ideas. I call it our sacred book. So what I’ve attempted to do is mine that field, to mine those cultural ideas and attitudes and give them to my characters.” August Wilson

“Now what I done learned after twenty-seven years of railroading is this … if the train stays on the track … it’s going to get where it’s going. It might not be where you going. If it ain’t, then all you got to do is sit and wait cause the train’s coming back to get you. The train don’t never stop. It’ll come back every time.” Doaker Charles from Piano Lesson

“Blues is the roots, everything else is the fruits.” Willie Dixon, Bassist and Prolific Blues Songwriter

Curtis and Audrey are doing their best to make ends meet, but the COVID-19 pandemic is making that a challenge. While Audrey waited for her disability to come through, Curtis had been working at a hotel and a local restaurant, but is furloughed from both right now. “I’ve been not working for about a year and a half now waiting for disability and he’s been furloughed from his job since March. Anything we can do to get a little help, we’re very appreciative of it.” Audrey has growing concerns about the virus, but is thankful for the help they were able to receive through the drive-up distribution.