All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten was a short essay written by an interesting man in Seattle. It was a wry look at the simple truths that are the foundations of our lives, which found its way onto bulletin boards and refrigerators all over the country. One of the people who happened to read it was an agent. Now, several years later, the essay has traveled around the world reaching millions of people, and has even been entered into our congressional record. And the simple truths still apply.
Robert Fulghum has been on a fantastical journey that has made him one of the world's most popular philosophers and writers in the latter part of the twentieth century. And we have had the privilege of tagging along for part of that journey with two stage adaptations of his work, All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten and Uh-oh, Here Comes Christmas (Ernie adapted the stories and directed many of the productions, and David wrote music and lyrics). Like so many readers, we were struck by the profound insight and charming wit of this wonderful storyteller. So we thought, why not try to translate his work into our own language of theater and music? What a joy it has been to see these great stories come to life for tens of thousands of audience members around the world...turning what was a solo reading-chair experience into that amazing communal celebration that can only take place in the theater.
Fulghum's books are not about kindergarten, nor are they for children. They are stories about all of us, covering a wide range of situations and observations out of everyday life, examining the very core of our existence with a sense of humor. Clearly, they have touched many people: the seven books have sold over 15 million copies in 96 countries, and have been translated into 23 languages. All have been best-sellers; Kindergarten was #1 on the New York Times best-seller list for almost two years, while his second book It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It held the #2 position.
It has been an honor, bringing Robert Fulghum's delightful words and world-view to the stage. The adventure has taken us to places like Carnegie Hall, the Czech Republic, and Kuala Lumpur. But some of our most cherished memories are of regional companies, high schools and community theaters who have embraced the shows with so much enthusiasm. And now we are looking forward to sharing the joy with theater companies who will produce Kindergarten and Uh-oh in the future.
Click on any of the following links for more information about Kindergarten and Uh-oh:
All I Really Need To Know
I Learned In Kindergarten, a description
Kindergarten production history
Kindergarten media quotes
Kindergarten production photos
Transpositions and orchestrations for Kindergarten
Uh-oh, Here Comes Christmas, a description
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