“Jones makes each change in subject and shift and tone as natural and inevitable as a law of physics… [He] has an inborn kingliness of manner that he dispenses benevolently to Wilson’s subject matter and his audience alike.”
—Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle

“Wonderfully entertaining and enthrallingly told, and often tremendously funny… [Jones] proves a compelling raconteur as Wilson, with a forceful personality and wry humor.”
—Sam Hurwitt, Marin Independent Journal


August Wilson Steven Anthony Jones*

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers

How I Leaned What I Learned was hosted by


Ubuntu Theater Project is a Mills College Performing Artist in Residence 2019

How I learned What I learned

Co-production with
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre &
Marin Theatre Company

April 30–May 5, 2018

by August Wilson
directed by Margo Hall

In this one-man piece, legendary American playwright August Wilson revisits his life as a young black man growing up in Pittsburgh’s Hill District; a neighborhood that later serves as inspiration for his acclaimed American Century Cycle of plays. Through powerful anecdotes and lessons-learned, Wilson imparts his first encounters with love, friendship, music, racism and violence—experiences that profoundly shape him, and his writing.

“We all know the plays of August Wilson but many of us, especially the younger generation, don’t know much about the man himself. This play allows us to be in a room with him. His gift of storytelling, sense of humor and his love of history are expressed in an intimate night at the theater.”
Margo Hall, Director

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