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Post-Show Conversation with Tufts University Associate Professor & August Wilson expert Monica Ndounou

3/19/2016 Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre
2pm

Join us for a conversation about How I Learned What I Learned, following the 2pm matinee performance on Saturday, March 19. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to any performance of How I Learned What I Learned.

Join literary apprentice Phaedra Scott and Tufts University associate professor and August Wilson expert Monica Ndounou for a discussion about August Wilson’s legacy after the 2pm show.  

Monica Ndounou was a Jacob K. Javits Fellow and an OSU Presidential Fellow. Her interdisciplinary research projects span a broad range of topics. Her forthcoming book, Shaping the Future of African American Film: Color-coded Economics and the Story Behind the Numbers, identifies the intersection of race, culture, and economics as the critical site for determining the future of African American film according to narrative, production, marketing, and distribution patterns of nearly 2,000 original films and cinematic adaptations featuring African Americans since 1980. Her most recent publications include: “The Paradox of Acting for an African American Actress” in Consciousness, Theatre, Literature, and the Arts, “The Nice-Nasty Politics of Fragmenting August Wilson’s Legacy” in the New England Theatre Journal, “Encountering Black Culture in Acting Classrooms and Beyond” in Theatre Topics, and “Early Black Americans on Broadway” in The Cambridge Companion to African American Theatre. Her article “Drama for ‘Neglected People’: Recovering Anna Julia Cooper’s Dramatic Theory and Criticism from the Shadows of WEB Du Bois and Alain Locke” in The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism was nominated for the American Theatre and Drama Society’s 2013 Vera Mowry Roberts Research and Publication Award.

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About How I Learned What I Learned

March 5 - April 3, 2016
Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre 

In this solo show, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson shares stories about his first few jobs, a stint in jail, his lifelong friends, and his encounters with racism, music, and love as a young poet in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. Directed by Todd Kreidler and featuring Eugene Lee, both longtime Wilson collaborators, this theatrical memoir charts one man’s journey of self-discovery through adversity, and what it means to be a black artist in America.

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