How I Learned What I Learned - Off-Broadway

Ruben Santiago-Hudson stars in August Wilson's solo show about his life.

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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.

Should I See It?

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.

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How I Learned What I Learned – Off-Broadway

Ruben Santiago-Hudson stars in August Wilson's solo show about his life.

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