PA Shakespeare Festival Presents: Tony Todd performing
August Wilson’s How I Learned What I Learned
June 30, 2021 AT 6:30pm
Socially Distanced Main Stage
2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034
How I learned What I Learned
By: August Wilson
Directed by: Christopher V. Edwards
June 29-July 11, 2021
Tony Todd is an iconic actor. He’s starred in over 200 films, television shows, and theatre. Tony Todd takes on Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, poet, writer, and all-around talent August Wilson’s How I Learned What I Learned.
Last night at Desales University’s, The Labuda Center’s Main Stage. Tony Todd delivered a powerful soul-wrenching performance. When you think of Tony, you instantly can name at least ten characters and think of different movies and shows where his presence was powerfully felt in a film.
The Rock, The Crow, Candyman, Destination Marfa, Wishmaster, Platoon, NYPD Blue, Night Court, Charmed, Final Destination, Masters of Horror, Hatchet, 24. The list goes on and on. There is a lot future actors, producers, writers, directors, photographers, artists in general could learn from Tony Todd.
It was a strange feeling entering a theatre again after COVID. The event is socially distanced and masks are required per the Actor’s Union. The theatre is beautiful. The main stage decorated with a stacked window background, a digital set-up to show what Tony writes or types out as August Wilson. The stage was beautifully lit, the desk and stool sitting there, and the typewriter.
I Googled it and found that August Wilson purchased his first typewriter on April 1, 1965. August Wilson said it himself in an interview. (August Wilson interview on CUNY TV youtu.be/wmD4T81IbiQ )
This is as close to a memoir for August Wilson. His feelings about life, love, sex, other artists, being a “Black Artist.” He talks about the struggles, how he started, meeting his wife, falling in love, and so much more. The “limitations of the instrument” is one of the best theories and it’s such an incredible idea when you think about it. Artists can completely reach a limit and go beyond the limit, and then start over, start fresh.
This play was magical. The feeling of walking into a theatre is magical. It’s sticks with you forever. The memories of the stage, the actors, the people around you, friends with you, the lights, the people lurking above you working on lights. It was a beautiful night and Tony Todd will be performing until July 11th so get tickets and go see him.