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Thursday, February 19, 2015
Dreamweaver Marketing News, Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents How I Learned What I Learned
Attached is a picture of actor Eugene Lee.
Contact Margie Romero, Communications Manager at Pittsburgh Public Theater
August Wilson’s one-man play about coming of age in Pittsburgh. Co-conceived and directed by Todd Kreidler. Starring Eugene Lee.
PITTSBURGH (February 13, 2015) Pittsburgh Public Theater’s
40th anniversary Season of Legends continues with the Pittsburgh premiere of How I Learned What I Learned, the final play by August Wilson. How I Learned was co-conceived and will be directed byTodd Kreidler, a Duquesne
University graduate, former Pittsburgh Public Theater staff member, and author of the recent Broadway musical, Holler If Ya Hear Me. How I Learned What I Learned runs March 5 – April 5, 2015 at the O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s home in the heart of Downtown’s Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org.
Eugene Lee plays August Wilson
Mr. Wilson performed his one-man show at Seattle Repertory Theatre in 2003. The New York premiere was produced by Signature Theatre in New York City in 2013. Starring in The Public’s production will be Eugene Lee, a stage, film and television actor, writer, and artist in residence at Texas State University. Last year he performed the role at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre in Atlanta, GA.
How I Learned begins in Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1965 when Mr. Wilson was 20 years old. He tells of dropping out of school at age 15 to write poetry, and how he supported himself by cutting grass and working at Klein’s and Kroger’s. He talks about the neighborhood and its people, and how he was inspired by what they saw in him. He dishes about his girlfriend, Snookie, and how he almost fought a duel in her honor at Downtown’s Oyster House. From the Christmas pageant in Sister Mary Eldephonse’s seventh grade class to hearing John Coltrane at the Crawford Grill in 1966, Mr. Wilson reveals his outrage and passion. Sometimes shockingly provocative and often hilariously funny, How I Learned is an amazingly generous portrait of this uncompromising artist as a young man.
The designers for How I Learned What I Learnedare David Gallo (Scenery and Projections), Constanza Romero (Costumes), Thom Weaver (Lighting), and Dan Moses Schreier (Sound). Fred Noel is the Production Stage
graphic from AugustWilson.net
About the Playwright
August Wilson was born on April 27, 1945 in Pittsburgh’s Hill District and was raised there. He went on to become one of the world’s most acclaimed playwrights. His most visionary work, known as the American Century Cycle, comprises 10 plays about the African-American experience in each decade of the 20th century. Since all but one of the plays are set in his hometown, they are also known as the Pittsburgh Cycle. The play are: Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Fences, Two Trains Running, Jitney, King Hedley II, and Radio Golf. He received numerous awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes and a Tony. He was also given the only high school diploma ever issued by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. At the time of his death in 2005, Mr. Wilson lived in Seattle, WA. Later that year the Broadway venue located at 245 West 52nd Street was renamed The August Wilson Theatre.
Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents
How I Learned What I Learned
March 5 – April 5, 2015
Tues. at 7 pm.
Wed. thru Sat. at 8 pm (except March 18).
Sat. at 2 pm (except March 7 & 14). Also 2 pm on Thurs., April 2.
Sun. at 2 & 7 pm (expect April 5 when the final performance is at 2 pm).
Press Night is Thursday, March 12. Opening Night is Friday, March 13.
Ticket prices: $23 - $62. Tickets for students and age 26 and younger are $15.75.
Discounts for groups of 10+ are available by contacting Katie Conaway at 412.316.8200 ext. 704 or kconaway at ppt.org.
For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org
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