How We Got On
by Idris Goodwin

Productions (18)
  • Coming of Age Drama
  • 85 - 95 minutes
  • 2 f, 2 m
  • Set: A DJ booth with a mic and an easel.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-042-6

How We Got On
by Idris Goodwin

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Productions (18)
  • Coming of Age Drama
  • 85 - 95 minutes
  • 2 f, 2 m
  • Set: A DJ booth with a mic and an easel.

Hank, Julian, and Luann are three talented, determined suburban teens coming of age in the 1980s. Dreaming of fame and fortune in the new Hip-Hop music scene, they must overcome cultural isolation, familial dysfunction, and ruthless rivalries to make the music that defines their lives. A sultry DJ spins their stories with her own meta-theatrical perspective in this contemporary ode to the roots of rap.

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Min. Performance Fee* $80
Standard Edition $9.99
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NOTE: This play can also be found in an anthology called Humana Festival 2012: The Complete Plays.

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Play Details

Hank, Julian, and Luann are three talented, determined suburban teens coming of age in the 1980s. Dreaming of fame and fortune in the new Hip-Hop music scene, they must overcome cultural isolation, familial dysfunction, and ruthless rivalries to make the music that defines their lives. A sultry DJ spins their stories with her own meta-theatrical perspective in this contemporary ode to the roots of rap.

  • Coming of Age Drama
  • 85 - 95 minutes
  • 2 f, 2 m
  • Set: A DJ booth with a mic and an easel.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-042-6

Published Reviews

"A resonant coming-of-age story for a new generation."

The Sacramento Bee

"Goodwin's play takes a pop cultural phenomenon and shows how it affects and transforms the young people who make it their own."

David Sheward, Backstage

"How We Got On is...something you hear--in the fullest sense of that word--and experience, and feel."

Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe

"The message of how a love for music can transcend racial, economic and gender barriers is an instant crowd-pleaser."

American Theatre Magazine

"Even those deficient in rap lore will find much to root for in Goodwin's smart and warmhearted story of kids who find freedom in freestyling."

Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune

Production History

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Production Group
Location
MAR 10, 2018 - APR 27, 2018
Hillcrest High School
Country Club Hills, IL United States
Hillcrest High School Country Club Hills, IL United States
NOV 10, 2017 - NOV 20, 2017
Contra Costa College
San Pablo, CA United States
Contra Costa College San Pablo, CA United States
NOV 09, 2016 - NOV 11, 2016
Prince George's Community College
Largo, MD United States
Prince George's Community College Largo, MD United States
OCT 10, 2016 - NOV 13, 2016
Haven Theatre Company
Chicago, IL United States
Haven Theatre Company Chicago, IL United States
SEP 14, 2016 - OCT 02, 2016
Azuka Theatre
Philadelphia, PA United States
Azuka Theatre Philadelphia, PA United States
APR 21, 2016 - APR 23, 2016
Skydive Productions
Greensboro, NC United States
Skydive Productions Greensboro, NC United States
APR 07, 2016 - APR 10, 2016
University Of Missouri-St. Louis
Saint Louis, MO United States
University Of Missouri-St. Louis Saint Louis, MO United States
OCT 15, 2015 - OCT 31, 2015
Radio Free Alabama
Birmingham, AL United States
Radio Free Alabama Birmingham, AL United States
SEP 30, 2015 - OCT 25, 2015
Portland Playhouse
Portland, OR United States
Portland Playhouse Portland, OR United States
OCT 30, 2014 - NOV 22, 2014
Forum Theatre
SILVER SPRING , MD United States
Forum Theatre SILVER SPRING , MD United States
OCT 24, 2014 - NOV 16, 2014
Cleveland Play House
Cleveland, OH United States
Cleveland Play House Cleveland, OH United States
FEB 26, 2014 - MAR 02, 2014
Coker College Theatre Program
Hartsville, SC United States
Coker College Theatre Program Hartsville, SC United States
FEB 05, 2014 - FEB 22, 2014
Available Light
Columbus, OH United States
Available Light Columbus, OH United States
SEP 21, 2013 - OCT 20, 2013
Citadel Theatre
Lake Forest, IL United States
Citadel Theatre Lake Forest, IL United States
JUL 19, 2013 - AUG 17, 2013
Company One
Boston, MA United States
Company One Boston, MA United States
MAY 12, 2013 - JUN 23, 2013
B Street Theatre
Sacramento, CA United States
B Street Theatre Sacramento, CA United States
FEB 22, 2013 - MAR 17, 2013
Carolina Actors Studio Theatre
Charlotte, NC United States
Carolina Actors Studio Theatre Charlotte, NC United States
MAR 02, 2012 - APR 01, 2012
Actors Theater of Louisville
Louisville, KY United States
Actors Theater of Louisville Louisville, KY United States
Sort by Most Recent
Production Group
Location
MAR 10, 2018 - APR 27, 2018
Hillcrest High School
Country Club Hills, IL United States
Hillcrest High School Country Club Hills, IL United States
NOV 10, 2017 - NOV 20, 2017
Contra Costa College
San Pablo, CA United States
Contra Costa College San Pablo, CA United States
Sort by Most Recent
Production Group
Location
SEP 14, 2016 - OCT 02, 2016
Azuka Theatre
Philadelphia, PA United States
Azuka Theatre Philadelphia, PA United States
SEP 30, 2015 - OCT 25, 2015
Portland Playhouse
Portland, OR United States
Portland Playhouse Portland, OR United States
OCT 30, 2014 - NOV 22, 2014
Forum Theatre
SILVER SPRING , MD United States
Forum Theatre SILVER SPRING , MD United States
OCT 24, 2014 - NOV 16, 2014
Cleveland Play House
Cleveland, OH United States
Cleveland Play House Cleveland, OH United States
FEB 05, 2014 - FEB 22, 2014
Available Light
Columbus, OH United States
Available Light Columbus, OH United States
SEP 21, 2013 - OCT 20, 2013
Citadel Theatre
Lake Forest, IL United States
Citadel Theatre Lake Forest, IL United States
JUL 19, 2013 - AUG 17, 2013
Company One
Boston, MA United States
Company One Boston, MA United States
MAY 12, 2013 - JUN 23, 2013
B Street Theatre
Sacramento, CA United States
B Street Theatre Sacramento, CA United States
FEB 22, 2013 - MAR 17, 2013
Carolina Actors Studio Theatre
Charlotte, NC United States
Carolina Actors Studio Theatre Charlotte, NC United States
MAR 02, 2012 - APR 01, 2012
Actors Theater of Louisville
Louisville, KY United States
Actors Theater of Louisville Louisville, KY United States

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