Seven Guitars

Play

Writers: August Wilson

Overview

Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
2
First Produced
1996
Genres
Drama
Settings
Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
backyard of a house in pittsburgh, pennsylvania. 1948.
Cast Size
small
Licensor
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, elderly, young adult characters

Synopsis

Seven Guitars begins and ends directly after the funeral of Floyd ‘Schoolboy’ Barton. We then flashback to the week leading up to Floyd’s unusual death. We learn that Floyd has recently been released from jail and has become an overnight sensation with his record ‘That’s All Right’. He comes back to Pittsburgh trying to convince his old love, Vera, to come with him to Chicago so he can become a star. We find out that Floyd has made a lot of mistakes, and he sets off on a journey to right his wrongs and prove to his community that he has changed. As soon as everyone is convinced and it seem as though things are finally going his way, Floyd is killed, and everyone’s world comes crashing down once more. Floyd, as well as the other men in the play, grapple with what it means to be a man, and all of the characters struggle with how to get ahead in a world that seems to be set against everything they are.

Lead Characters