Cooper, Ruff appear in Signature production
Chuck Cooper, Roslyn Ruff and James A. Williams are among the thesps signed up for the Signature Theater Company’s upcomingproduction of August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson.”Williams, who recently starred in the Signature’s production of “My Children! My Africa!,” portrays the patriarch of the Charles family, the African-American clan at the center of the tale set in Pittsburgh in the 1930s. Ruff (“The Help”) and Brandon J. Dirden portray the sister and brother who disagree over what to do with an antique piano that is a family heirloom. Eric Lenox Abrams (“Boardwalk Empire”), Jason Dirden, Alexis Holt and Mandi Masden also appear in the cast alongside Cooper (“Finian’s Rainbow”), cast as the elder brother of Williams’ character. Ruben Santiago-Hudson, who has both starred in and helmed prior productions of Wilsons’ work, directs the play, which bowed on Broadway in 1990 and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. “Piano Lesson” begins Off Broadway previews Oct. 30 ahead of a Nov. 18 opening.