Directed by Dr Tawnya Pettiford-Wates
Featuring Anthony Mark Stockard
The Festival joins with Virginia Stage Company and Norfolk State University Theatre Company to present a staged reading of August Wilson’s How I Learned What I Learned. Pulitzer Prize-winner August Wilson’s autobiographical play chronicles the hardships of growing up in Pittsburgh’s Hill District and how that shaped him as a writer. Best known for his series of ten plays chronicling the experiences and heritage of the Black community in the 20th century (Including Fences, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson and more), this tough and funny one-man show reveals “through Wilson’s own eyes how the neighborhood and the history deeply embedded in it, shaped his worldview, alternately toughened and tried his spirit, and ultimately inspired his majestic investigation of Black experience” (The New York Times). Playing the role of Wilson will be Anthony Stockard, NSU Theatre Company Producing Artistic Director.
Co-produced by Virginia Stage Company, Norfolk State University Theatre Company, and Virginia Arts Festival