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Visions & Voices: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom: Leavey DVDs of Interest

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Leavey DVDs of Interest

August Wilson
"A conversation between television journalist, Bill Moyers, and playwright, August Wilson, in which they discuss Wilson's plays and the Black experience in America."

August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand
"Explore the life and legacy of August Wilson, the playwright some call America's Shakespeare, who chronicled the twentieth-century black experience. Features James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Laurence Fishburne, Viola Davis, new dramatic readings, and rare footage."

The Piano Lesson
"August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of a family caught between their heritage and a dream for the future. The Charles family clashes over the fate of a magnificent, carved piano that carries their family's story from their days as slaves. Boy Willie wants to sell the piano to buy a farm--the same fields their family worked as slaves. But his sister, Berniece, refuses to part with it. For her, the piano is their very soul, a legacy of pride and struggle that symbolizes their survival as a family. To resolve the conflict they must first deal with the past."