Lauded One-Man Show Arrives in Walla Walla

Gesa Power House Theatre in Walla Walla will present Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson’s iconic show “How I Learned What I Learned,” co-conceived by Todd Kriedler and directed by Nancy Simon. It will be staged on both Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9 and 10, at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

The show, starring Walla Walla’s Tim Golden, chronicles Wilson’s life as a black artist in the Hill District of Pittsburgh. He recounts his life in stories about his first jobs to his first loves and his experiences with racism.

“How I Learned What I Learned” gives an inside look into one of the most celebrated playwriting voices of the twentieth century. As The Boston Globe put it, “Wilson’s pride, humor, eloquence, anger, storytelling gifts, and general eagerness to soak up experience — it’s all there.”

The New York premiere was produced by Signature Theatre in New York City, helmed by founding Artistic Director James Houghton and Executive Director Erika Mallin. The world premiere was presented by the Seattle Repertory Theatre in 2003, performed by August Wilson himself.

Reserved seating tickets are $25 ($15 for students) and are available online or by calling the Gesa Power House Theatre box office at (509) 529-6500.