The piano lesson is set in pittsburgh in 1936 boy willie has come to his uncle’s house to boy willie has come to his uncle’s house to retrieve a piano that holds significant historical and sentimental value to the family.
Boy willie, however, has a much different opinion than his sister he thinks that selling the piano is the best way to build on what has been left them he feels like the piano isn't doing any good sitting in berniece's living room, hardly ever being played.
The piano lesson by august wilson revival at hartford stage company by and perhaps stolen truck in addition to money from the melons willie is intent on selling the piano in which he has a half interest his plan is to buy a sweet plot of land to farm compared to the over the top boy willie the understated restraint of berniece by. The piano lesson, by august wilson: defending boy willie's scheme for buying sutter's land pages: 2 (575 words) published: may 14, 2001 defend boy willie's scheme for buying sutter's land. Day boy charles (boy willie's father), doaker, and wining boy stole the piano from the sutters. As play concerned with trans-generational memory, the piano lesson is appropriately haunted by ghosts: the ghost of sutter, the ghosts of the yellow dog, the ghosts of the ancestors, and, in a less supernatural sense, those of crawley and cleotha this profusion of ghosts reveals a blending of christian, folk/superstitious, and african mystical traditions.
Boy willie berniece's brash, impulsive, and fast-talking brother, the thirty-year-old boy willie introduces the central conflict of the play coming from mississippi, he plans to sell the family piano and buy the land his ancestors once worked as slaves his impulse is to use the family's legacy practically—that is, convert it into capital. “the piano lesson focuses on a struggle between brother, boy willie, and sister, berniece, over whether to sell an heirloom piano the piano was previously owned by the sutter family, who held boy willie and berniece’s family enslaved.