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How I Learned What I Learned

April 21 – May 14, 2023

Bagley Wright Theater

Actor Steven Anthony Jones is here to tell you a story. Many stories, in fact. One of the greatest American playwrights, August Wilson, learned many lessons over his life, and Wilsonian Warrior Jones imparts them to you in one non-stop, spellbinding performance. From life-or-death moments to the deepest love, from comedic stand-up to bursts of pure joy, Wilson’s poetry and timeless stories radiate from the Bagley Wright stage, where he himself premiered this piece. Witness the 20th anniversary production of How I Learned What I Learned where it all started and follow one of the greats from his beginning as a young Black poet from Pittsburgh to the literary giant we honor today.

Learn more about Seattle Rep's long history with August Wilson and his work on Inside Seattle Rep.

'How I Learned What I Learned' [brings] the spirit, energy and passion of the late August Wilson back to life on stage through a phenomenal performance by Steven Anthony Jones.

The Seattle Times

[How I Learned What I Learned] is a gift. It’s a gift to the American people and to the American theater.

Director Tim Bond, The Seattle Times

Important Dates

Event Type Event Dates
Preview Performances Apr. 21 - Apr. 25
Opening Night Apr. 26
Teen Night Apr. 28 at 6:30 p.m.
August Wilson Birthday Week Celebration April 30 at 4:30 p.m.
Mask-Required Performances April 30 at 7:30 p.m. & May 10 at 2 p.m.
Meet the Vintner Night with Avennia Winery May 3 at 6 p.m.
Student Matinee May 4 at 10:30 a.m.
Art Walk Reception with Savannah LeCornu May 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Open Captioning May 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Actor Talk May 11 at 9:30 p.m.
ASL/Audio Description May 13 at 2p.m.


Engage with the Play

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    Show Program

    Explore the Encore+ digital show program for How I Learned What I Learned before you arrive at the theater.

    Show Program
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    Student Play Guide

    Check out the How I Learned What I Learned student Play Guide.

    Play Guide
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    Sensory Guide

    A scene-by-scene guide of the sensory impact of this show that individuals may experience.

    Sensory Guide
  • Artwork for Show-Inspired Media List

    Show-Inspired Media List

    Librarians at Seattle Public Library curated this list of books and films to enhance your experience of How I Learned What I Learned.

    Media List

Cast & Creative


Steven Anthony Jones


August Wilson


Tim Bond


Nina Ball

Scenic Designer

Constanza Romero

Costume Designer

Xavier Pierce

Lighting Designer

Rasean Davonté Johnson

Projection & Sound Designer

Michael B. Paul

Stage Manager

Shay Trusty

Assistant Stage Manager

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Production Staff

Nathaniel J. Bice

Associate Scenic Designer

Jonah Bobilin

Associate Lighting Designer

Tye Hunt Fitzgerald

Associate Sound & Projection Designer

Lucas Esperanza

Directing Apprentice

Mel Williams

Lighting Apprentice

Additional OSF Production Staff

Tanya Birl


Rebecca Clark Carey

Voice & Text Director

Elizabeth Carter

Assistant Director

Charlie Baker

Intimacy Director

Sponsored by:




The Dale & Leslie Chihuly Foundation