From the late August Wilson, one of America’s greatest playwrights and creator of award-winning titles like Fences and Jitney, comes this autobiographical tour de force. In his one-man show, Wilson takes us on a journey through his days as a young poet: his first few jobs, a stint in jail, the support of his lifelong friends, and his encounters with racism, music, and love as a struggling writer in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. Originally performed by Wilson himself, How I Learned What I Learned is a heartfelt theatrical memoir—charting one man’s journey of self-discovery through adversity, and what it means to be a black artist in America.

Performance Schedule

Evenings

Tue - Sat 7:30pm  
Sunday Jan 20, 7:30pm

Matinees 

Sunday (Preview) Jan 13, 4pm    
Thursday (Perspectives) Jan 24, 1pm    
Saturdays, Jan 12, 19 & 26, Feb 2, 2pm    
Sundays Jan 20, 27, Feb 3, 2pm 

Ticket Prices

Performance Center
seating
Side
seating
Previews (Jan 10 – 13) $37 $37
Opening Night (Jan 15) $60 $55
Sat Eve $60 $55
Tue*, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sun Eve $49 $44
Matinees $49 $44
Best Deal (all shows, limited availability) n/a $25

* Excludes Opening Night.

Prices subject to change. 

Phone orders subject to a $10 per order fee; online orders subject to a $3 per order fee

Disabled seating is currently only available through the MTC Box Office (415.388.5208 or in person). We apologize for any inconvenience.

Discounts

  • GROUPS – Bring eight or more people to receive a $7 discount on tickets. Call to book with the discount (415) 388-5208
  • SENIORS (65+) – $4 off any performances 
  • UNDER 30 – $22, all performances
  • TEENS – $10, all performances
  • MILITARY – $6 off all performances. MTC is a proud member of the Blue Star Theatres program. Click here to learn more, and call to book with the discount (415) 388-5208
  • EDUCATOR – $12, all performances (limit 2). Must teach at a Marin County School. Contact the Education Dept. to request. 

Military and Under 30 discounts and special group rates available only by calling or visiting the Box Office in person: (415) 388-5208.  Promo Codes distributed for online redemption subject to availability.  Only ONE (1) Promo Code will be valid per order.  Promo Codes do not apply to Best Deal ($25) tickets.

Cast

Creative Team

  • August Wilson

    August Wilson

    Playwright

    August Wilson 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. These works explore the heritage and experience of African Americans, decade by decade, over the course of the 20th century. His plays have been produced at regional theaters across the country and all over the world, as well as on Broadway. In 2003, Wilson made his professional stage debut in his one-man show, How I Learned What I Learned. He received an Emmy Award nomination for his screenplay adaptation of The Piano Lesson. His early works included the one-act plays The Janitor, Recycle, The Coldest Day of the Year, Malcolm X, The Homecoming and the musical satire Black Bart and the Sacred Hills. Wilson received many fellowships and awards, including Rockefeller and Guggenheim Fellowships in Playwriting, the Whiting Writers Award, Heinz Award and the National Humanities Medal. Following his death in October 2005, the Broadway theater located at 245 West 52nd Street was renamed the August Wilson Theatre.

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* Denotes member of Actors Equity Association
+ Member, United Scenic Artists
^ Member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers