How We Got On

How We Got On

Sponsored by:
  • The Humana Foundation

March 2 - April 1, 2012

by Idris Goodwin
directed by Wendy C. Goldberg

Hank, Julian and Luann are the flip side to the A story of hip hop’s rise in the late 1980s—kids who forge a cultural identity in the white suburbs by dueling with poetry in parking lots and dubbing beats on a boom box. In this coming-of-age tale remixed, A DJ loops us through the lives of three Midwestern teen rappers who discover the power of harmony over discord.


Hank- Terrell Donnell Sledge
Julian- Brian Quijada
Luann- Deonna Bouye
Selector- Crystal Fox

Watch an interview with How We Got On playwright Idris Goodwin:


What the critics are saying about How We Got On

“Whether you go to How We Got On for the laughs, the music, the poetry or to watch the journey of three teenagers trying to find their way, just go.” – Michelle Rynbrandt,  Full Review

“the writing here is fresh, heartfelt and alive with many of the passions of youth.” – Elizabeth Kramer, Courier Journal

“Sledge infuses Hank’s enthusiasm with a thoughtful innocence that perfectly complements Quijada’s simmering bravado, and both actors’ performances capture the exquisite fragility and changeability of adolescence.” – Erin Keane, WFPL  Full Review

How We Got On is a fascinating piece of theater that requires split-second timing, especially in scenes where the Selector leads the characters into intricately contrapuntal examples of layered, sampled and cross-faded raps. For that alone — and to see the ingenuity with which director Wendy C. Goldberg and sound designer Matt Hubbs, and the rest of the technical crew have addressed those challenges — the play is worth seeing.” – Marty Rosen, LEO Weekly

“to borrow a phrase from the play itself, the show was ‘dope.’” — Kate Barry,  Full Review

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