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The Bagley Wright Theater building is an 842-seat performance venue. Home of the Seattle Repertory Theater company ("Seattle Rep"), it was constructed in 1983 on the Seattle Center Campus. The theater was named for Bagley Wright, who served as the Rep's first president from 1963 to 1970. Wright provided guidance and financial support during the theater company's formative years. In 1990, the Rep won a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater.


Bagley Wright Theater, home of the Seattle Repertory Theater company

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Bagley Wright Theater (stage)

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Bagley Wright Theater exterior

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The Seattle Repertory Theater company was founded in 1963. Its first production, King Lear, was performed on September 13, 1963. Since its establishment, the Seattle Rep has presented a mixture of musicals as well as dramatic productions, classical plays and traditional works, along with a variety of contemporary, experimental, and avant-garde theatrical performances.

The Bagley Wright Theater was built in 1983 on the Seattle Center Campus. It replaced the earlier Seattle Playhouse (also known as the World's Fair Playhouse) as the Rep's primary venue. With 842 seats, the distance from the stage to the back row measures approximately five feet more that the distance from a pitcher's mound to home plate on a baseball field. The theater was named after Bagley Wright, who served as The Rep's first president from the time of its founding in 1963 until 1970.

Renowned playwrights, including August Wilson and Neil Simon, have debuted new plays at the Seattle Rep. In addition to the Bagley Wright Theater, the Rep also performs at a smaller, adjacent venue, the 282-seat Leo Kreielsheimer Theater. In 1990, the Rep won a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater, which is the highest honor that a regional theater company can receive.

Becker, Paula. Wright, Bagley (1924 - 2011), History Link. September 2nd 2011. Accessed June 24th 2021. https://www.historylink.org/File/9904.

Blecha, Peter . Seattle Repertory Theater, History Link. December 14th 2009. Accessed June 24th 2021. https://www.historylink.org/file/9225.

Who We Are, Seattle Rep. Accessed June 24th 2021. https://www.seattlerep.org/about-us/who-we-are/.

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