Actor Eugene Lee stars as August Wilson in the autobiographical "How I Learned What I Learned" at Round House Theatre. (Grace Toulotte) BETHESDA, Md. — The late August Wilson is known for his “Pittsburgh Cycle” of 10 plays, each exploring a different decade of the African-American experience. But did you know that after this iconic series, he devised a one-man play about his own personal life? The autobiographical “How I Learned What I Learned” hits Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Maryland, now through July 2, following Wilson’s life as a struggling young writer in the Hill District of Pittsburgh. “I co-conceived this with him in his basement,” director Todd Kreider told WTOP. “This was actually a piece that August originally performed himself and was meant to be the first thing after the cycle. We planned that after ‘Radio Golf’ was set up regionally … we would begin to take offers to do this show.” Kreider is as close to an August Wilson aficionado as you’ll find. Not only has he directed several of the Pittsburgh Cycle plays — namely “King Hedley II” with Viola Davis, who just won an Oscar for the film “Fences” — he also formed a […]
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