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PCL Reads August Wilson: A Virtual Book Discussion with Trinity Rep

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Monday, March 14, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Providence, RI 02940

Trinity Rep joins us this month to discuss August Wilson’s HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED, an inside look into the celebrated playwright.

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Join us as we celebrate the life and work of August Wilson with our special co-host Michelle Cruz, the Director of Community Engagement at Trinity Rep. Michelle has selected Wilson’s How I Learned What I Learned for us to discuss, a compelling theatrical memoir about the power of art and the power of possibility. As an added bonus this month’s book discussion coincides with Trinity Rep’s presentation of August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean, happening from February 24th - March 27th. One lucky registrant will win a pair of FREE TICKETS to see Gem of the Ocean at Trinity Rep in March!

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☆ Get the book through the library catalog.



How I Learned What I Learned is an autobiographical tour de force by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson that chronicles his life as a Black artist in the Hill District in Pittsburgh. From stories about his first jobs to his first loves and his experiences with racism, Wilson recounts his life from his roots to the completion of The American Century Cycle. Originally performed by Wilson himself in 2003, How I Learned What I Learned gives an inside look into one of the most celebrated playwriting voices of the twentieth century. Copies of the book are available in the library catalog.



August Wilson (1945–2005) was a Pulitzer and Tony-award winning playwright. His defining ten-play American Century Cycle, which chronicles African American experiences in the 20th century decade-by-decade, is hailed as a unique triumph in American literature. The cycle of plays combines historical fact, comedy and gritty realism with spiritual and supernatural elements of African and African American cultures. Trinity Rep presents the first play that chronologically begins the cycle, Gem of the Ocean, February 24th through March 27th.



Our mission is to “reinvent the public square” and create a forum for diverse communities to engage in dialogue. We produce plays, community events, and educational opportunities – but without an audience they have no effect, and they are far less impactful and meaningful if they aren’t shared by a diverse audience that represents our entire community. So, whether you consider yourself a “theater person” or not, you are welcome here. Whether you’re wearing jeans and a t-shirt or dressed to the nines, you are welcome here. Whether this is your first show or hundredth, you are welcome here. At Trinity Rep, you are welcome whatever your background or history, however you look or identify. Learn more.



Do you have questions about the book discussion? Contact Amy Rosa at or Lee Smith at .

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