Cygnet Theatre Presents: August Wilson’s Seven Guitars and King Headley II

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Cygnet Theatre presents two August Wilson masterpieces in repertory this fall.

To purchase tickets visit or contact the box office by phone at (619) 337-1525 or in person at
4040 Twiggs St., San Diego, CA 92110. 

SevenGuitars-PosterSEVEN GUITARS (September 28 – November 6)
By August Wilson

Pittsburgh, 1948. Friends gather to mourn for a blues guitarist and singer who died just as his career was on the verge of taking off. The action that follows is a flashback to the busy week leading up to Floyd’s sudden and unnatural death. Seven Guitars is part bawdy comedy, part dark elegy and part mystery. This lyrical play is the fifth in August Wilson’s ten-play cycle which charts the African-American experience through each decade of the 20th century and is performed in repertory with King Hedley II.


KingHedleyII-PosterKING HEDLEY II (September 29 – November 9)
By August Wilson

Pittsburgh, 1985. King, recently released from prison, is attempting to rebuild his life amid changing times and a backdrop of the crime and drug struggles in the community where he exists. King dreams of a life of stability and self-reliance beyond incarceration, gangs and broken family. The play dares to ask what it takes to transcend the limitations of life and personal circumstance, and if pure will is enough to change a man’s destiny. King Hedley II is the ninth play in August Wilson’s ten-play cycle that, decade by decade, examines African American life in the United States during the twentieth century. Performed in repertory with Seven Guitars.


SOCIAL MEDIA NIGHT – OCT 7TH @ 8:00PM (King Hedley II)
Enjoy a unique theatre experience during the performance. Share your thoughts on the show as you tweet from your seat. Get behind the scenes information, live as it’s happening.

OUT NIGHT @ CYGNET – OCT 12TH @ 6:30PM (Seven Guitars)
Cygnet is proud to present an evening for our theatre loving friends in the LGBT community. Enjoy a pre-show mixer before the performance on Cygnet’s beautiful Elaine Lipinsky Patio. Everyone is welcome!

THEATRE ON TAP – OCT 14TH @ 7:00PM (Seven Guitars)
Join Cygnet for Theatre on Tap! Enjoy a pre-show beer tasting, and mix and mingle with other craft beer lovers. The complimentary tasting begins at 7 pm, followed by an 8:00 pm performance.

FRIDAY FORUM – OCT 14TH @ 8:00PM (Seven Guitars)
Friday Forum gives you an opportunity to chat with the cast and director following the performance on the first Friday after opening night.

FRIDAY FORUM – OCT 21ST @ 8:00PM (King Hedley II)
Friday Forum gives you an opportunity to chat with the cast and director following the performance on the first Friday after opening night.

WINE TASTING NIGHT – OCT 27TH @ 6:30PM (King Hedley II)
Join Cygnet for a pre-show Wine Tasting. The complimentary wine tasting begins at 6:30pm followed by a 7:30pm performance.