August Wilson's How I Learned What I Learned

June 29 - July 11 | Main Stage

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"…channels Wilson’s fearlessness, thirst for knowledge and poet’s eye for his surroundings…”

- The Washington Post

By August Wilson
Co-Conceived by Todd Kreidler
Directed by Christopher V. Edwards
Starring Tony Todd

June 29 - July 11 | Main Stage

Originally written and performed by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson, How I Learned What I Learned explores autobiographical insights into the career of one of America’s greatest writers. This theatrical memoir charts Wilson’s life and artistic journey, from growing up in Pittsburgh’s Hill District to the completion of Fences (originally slated for PSF’s 2020 summer season) and other groundbreaking plays in his renowned American Century Cycle. In a moving solo performance, Wilson’s poetic power takes center stage, illuminating a vivid portrait of his self-discovery and growth in becoming a Black artist in America. Contains adult subject matter and strong language. Ages 13+

Starring veteran stage, film, and television actor Tony Todd. With an acting career spanning more than 30 years, Tony has an extensive list of credits in all genres. Director Christopher V. Edwards recently joined PSF’s staff as Distinguished Artist & Consultant providing insight and guidance for planning, programming, diversity and inclusion.

Licensing restrictions do not allow for this production to be filmed for virtual streaming.

Audiences Are Raving

“Absolute genius!.”

“Seriously, RUN, don’t walk, to see Tony Todd in How I Learned What I Learned. You won’t regret it.”

“What an amazing performance! I was pulled in and never let go.”

“Awesome play! Awesome performance!”

Critics Agree

“Tony Todd wows at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.”

“Standing-ovation worthy.”

“Don’t miss it.”
~ Lehigh Valley Press

“Tony Todd commands the stage.”

~Lehigh Valley Stages


  • How I Learned What I Learned will be performed for a limited-capacity socially distanced audience.
  • Masks must be worn before, during, and after the performance.
  • All live/in-person performances start at 6:30pm.
  • Run time is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

Show Extras:

  • Audio Description for patrons who are visually impaired. Audio Description is a form of audio-visual translation. Patrons use headsets to hear the audio description.
  • Open Captioning is a live text display of the words and sounds happening during a production to aid those who are hard of hearing or deaf.

Live Performance Calendar

June 2021
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May 31, 2021 June 1, 2021 June 2, 2021 June 3, 2021 June 4, 2021 June 5, 2021 June 6, 2021
June 7, 2021 June 8, 2021 June 9, 2021 June 10, 2021 June 11, 2021 June 12, 2021 June 13, 2021
June 14, 2021 June 15, 2021 June 16, 2021 June 17, 2021 June 18, 2021 June 19, 2021 June 20, 2021
June 21, 2021 June 22, 2021 June 23, 2021 June 24, 2021 June 25, 2021 June 26, 2021 June 27, 2021
June 28, 2021 June 29, 2021

6:30 pm: Learned (P)

June 30, 2021

6:30 pm: Learned (P)

July 1, 2021

6:30 pm: Learned (O)

July 2, 2021

6:30 pm: Learned

July 3, 2021

6:30 pm: Learned

July 4, 2021

6:30 pm: Learned