How I Learned What I Learned by August Wilson Moves to Lorraine Hansberry Theatre February 14-24

Bay Area Premiere Touring Production Presented in Partnership with Marin Theatre Company and Ubuntu Theater Project
Presented February 14-24, 2019
Presented February 14-24, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO - Jan. 31, 2019 - PRLog -- The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre​ (LHT) presents the Bay Area Premiere of August Wilson's autobiographical and final play ​How I Learned What I Learned​​ at its performance venue in the Buriel Clay Theater at 762 Fulton Street in San Francisco from February 14-24th. The touring production, in partnership with the Marin Theatre Company​​ ​​(MTC) ​​and ​Ubuntu Theater Project, officially opened January 15th at MTC in Mill Valley where it runs through February 3rd. The production travels to the Ubuntu Theater Project in the East Bay in March.

How I Learned What I Learned​​ is brought to life by two renowned Bay Area theater professionals. Steven Anthony Jones embodies August Wilson in this one-man play directed by Margo Hall. A forty-plus year veteran of stage, film and TV, Jones ​​was the Artistic Director of the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre from March 2011 to June 2017. During his tenure, he portrayed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in LHT's production of George Stevens, Jr.'s one-man play THURGOOD, also directed by Margo Hall.

​A prolific Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning playwright, August Wilson made his professional stage debut in How I Learned What I Learned in Seattle in 2003,​ just two years before his death. Directed by Co-Conceiver, Todd Kreidler, Wilson walks the audience through his life as a young black man growing up in Pittsburgh's Hill District; a neighborhood that later serves as inspiration for his acclaimed American Century Cycle of plays. Through powerful anecdotes and lessons-learned, Wilson imparts his first encounters with love, friendship, music, racism and violence—experiences that profoundly shaped him, and his writing.

"We all know the plays of August Wilson, but many of us, especially the younger generations, don't know much about the man himself. This play allows us to be in a room with him. His gift of storytelling, sense of humor and his love of history are expressed in an intimate night at the theater." — Margo Hall, Director

Wilson's works explore the heritage and experience of African Americans, decade by decade, over the course of the 20th century. He has ​​authored ​Gem of the Ocean, ​Joe Turner's Come and Gone​ (New York Drama Critics Circle Award), ​Ma Rainey's Black Bottom ​ (NYDCC Award), ​The Piano Lesson ​ (Pulitzer Prize and NYDCC Award), ​Seven Guitars ​ (NYDCC Award), ​Fences ​ (Pulitzer Prize, Tony and NYDCC Awards), ​Two Trains Running ​ (NYDCC Award), ​Jitney ​ (Olivier and NYDCC Awards), ​King Hedley II ​ and ​Radio Golf.

How I Learned What I Learned by August Wilson
WHO:  Directed by Margo Hall* and featuring Steven Anthony Jones* as AUGUST WILSON
(*Member of Actors' Equity Association)
WHEN: February 14-24, 2019 (eight performances)

Thu Feb 14, 2019 (Preview Night) 8:00PM
(BOGO 2 for 1 Valentine's Day Special)
Fri Feb 15, 2019 (Opening Night - Includes Post Reception) 8:00PM
Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:00PM
Sun Feb 17, 2019 (Matinee) 3:00PM
Thu Feb 21, 2019 ($10 Student Night Discount - With I.D.) 8:00PM
Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:00PM
Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:00PM
Sun Feb 24, 2019 (Closing Matinee) 3:00PM

VENUE: Buriel Clay Theater, 762 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
TICKET COST:  Tickets ​​$20 - $40  (15% discount for groups of 10+ available through LHT's Box Office.)

762 Fulton Street, Suite 304, San Francisco, CA 94102 |  ​​ ​| Box Office: (​415) 474-8800

Founded in San Francisco in 1981, the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre is the premiere African American theatre company in the San Francisco Bay Area. LHT presents plays by both emerging and established African American and multicultural playwrights and has produced more than 140 plays, including west coast and world premieres, experimental works, classics in the African-American canon, lively musicals, and poignant socio-political dramas. LHT enriches and strengthens the Performing Arts by actively seeking and participating in collaborations with Bay Area arts institutions and performing arts organizations.

Gina Snow, Marketing Manager


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