ERHS Theater to Stage “Seven Guitars”


Joy Reider

Cast and crew of the Seven Guitars

Amélie Helfrich and Olivia Visnic

On March 23 and 24, Eleanor Roosevelt’s theater will put on their production of Seven Guitars by August Wilson. Seven Guitars first premiered in Chicago in 1996 and has won numerous awards since then, such as a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in 1995, and a New York Drama Critics’ Circle award in 1996. This show is the seventh play in August Wilson’s American Century Cycle, more commonly known as his Pittsburgh Cycle. Wilson’s series consists of ten plays, each of which is set in a different decade of the 20th century and explore the lives of different African Americans during that particular time period.

This play takes place in 1948 Pittsburgh where viewers get to see the story of a group of African American men who come back from fighting in World War II, only to return home and have to face the same inequalities and hardships as they did before. Freshman Gus Bernstein who is part of the Seven Guitars cast says that he is excited about the show and that they have been “working really hard on the play.” The cast has put many weeks of preparation into this production and is very excited to share it with students and parents, so make sure to buy your tickets and enjoy Roosevelt’s production of Seven Guitars by August Wilson.