August Wilson's Seven Guitars


The 1940s Pittsburgh is the backdrop for August Wilson’s fifth cycle play and the second production in the August Wilson Festival. Seven lives are interconnected when old friend and blues singer Floyd Barton vows to turn his life around after a surprise windfall leaves him hopeful for a second chance. Infused with deep and soaring blues rhythms, this “rich and exceptionally vivid” (Variety) play pits the desire for a better future against the harsh realities ultimately leading to heartbreaking and inescapable circumstances.

Presented by Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Show Type
Running Time
150 minutes
(1 Intermission)
Appropriate For All Ages Price Ranges
$51 - $105

Discount Tickets Available

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Box Office Phone: 202-488-3300

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 04/03/2020 - 05/03/2020
Sunday 02:00pm07:30pm-
Monday ---
Tuesday 07:30pm--
Wednesday 07:30pm--
Thursday 08:00pm--
Friday 08:00pm--
Saturday 02:00pm08:00pm-
Important Dates


  • 05/02/2020 - 2:00pm

Open Caption

  • 04/29/2020 - 7:30pm
Performer Role
Dane Figueroa Edidi Ruby
Chris Herbie Holland Red Carter
Joy Jones Vera Dotson
David Emerson Toney Hedley
Michael Zachary Tunstill Floyd Barton
Roz White Louise
Michael Anthony Williams Canewell
Production Personnel
August Wilson
Tazwell Thompson
Costume Designer
Harry Nadal
Set Designer
Donald Eastman
Sound Designer
Fabian Obispo
Lighting Designer
Robert Wierzel


Arena Stage - The Fichandler Stage
1101 Sixth Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
About the Venue:
The Fichandler Stage stands as the iconic, original theater space, with its epic, in-the-round auditorium and steeply raked seating tiers. The spirit of the Fichandler is celebrated in this 683-seat venue where patrons are never more than eight rows away from the stage, allowing the entire audience to be closer to the stage than ever before.

Getting There

  • Waterfront-SEU (Green Line)


  • Street parking
  • Paid garages


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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