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How I Learned What I Learned

How I Learned What I Learned, The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre, NYC Show Poster
The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre

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New York, NY 10019

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Nov 05, 2013
Nov 24, 2013
Dec 29, 2013
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Ruben Santiago-Hudson stars in August Wilson's solo show about his life.


Ruben Santiago-Hudson on Keeping August Wilson’s Legacy Alive in <I>How I Learned What I Learned</I>


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What is the Story of How I Learned What I Learned?
In How I Learned What I Learned, late playwright August Wilson shares true stories of his childhood, his first few jobs, his first kiss and the artist friends he made in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. Told in conversational, memoir-style monologues, this solo show was originally written for the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright to deliver himself. Before his death in 2005, Wilson asked his friend and colleague Ruben Santiago-Hudson to step into his shoes and perform the one-man show. With humor and heart, Santiago-Hudson takes on the challenge with ease in this moving off-Broadway production.

Critics’ Reviews

Hardcore Wilson fans will love this new set of stories. But you needn't be familiar with his writing in order to enjoy 'How I Learned...'

Review by Melissa Rose Bernardo from Entertainment Weekly

Mr. Santiago-Hudson, who appeared in the original Broadway productions of Wilson’s 'Gem of the Ocean' and 'Seven Guitars,' and has directed several of his plays, embodies Wilson with an ease surely born of longtime friendship, or at least professional intimacy.

Review by Charles Isherwood from The New York Times

Cast & Creative


  • Performer
    Ruben Santiago-Hudson


  • Written by
    August Wilson
  • Co-conceived and Directed by
    Todd Kreidler
  • Set and Projection Designer
    David Gallo
  • Costume Designer
    Constanza Romero
  • Lighting Designer
    Thom Weaver
  • Sound Designer
    Dan Moses Schreier

Frequently Asked Questions

What is How I Learned What I Learned Like?
David Gallo’s breathtaking set design, which fills the stage with hundreds of pages of Wilson’s plays, is the perfect frame for How I Learned What I Learned, featuring Santiago-Hudson in the center of it all, sharing stories. Directed and co-conceived by longtime Wilson collaborator Todd Kreidler, the show gets an intimate production in the Signature Center’s Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre. Clocking in at 1 hour and 20 minutes, this bite-sized night at the theater is equal parts funny, touching and inspiring.

Is How I Learned What I Learned Good For Kids?
No—the night of stories is aimed at adults and isn’t likely to resonate with young children. Older teens, especially those who are interested in August Wilson’s life and plays, may enjoy the production.