Book-It Repertory Theatre

Time-Being-1500x2000by Ruth Ozeki

Adapted by Laura Ferri (Broken for You)
Directed by Desdemona Chiang (Book-It debut)
September 14 – October 9, 2016

Pay What You Will Preview: Sep 14
Previews: Sep 15 and 16
Opening Night: Saturday, Sep 17

Beyond the Book post show discussions: Sept 25 and Oct 2

Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes, includes one 15-minute intermission


In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao’s only solace is her diary. Across the Pacific, Ruth is a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As a mystery unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future. A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.


Khanh Doan* Jiko / Ensemble
Mi KangNao
Mariko KitaRuth
Scott KohHaruki #2/Ensemble
Kevin LinHaruki #1/Ensemble
Michael Patten*Oliver/Ensemble
Rachel ReneMuji/Ensemble
Annie YimBabette/Ensemble


Desdemona Chiang Director
Laura Ferri Adapter
Catherine Cornell Scenic Designer
Christine Tschirgi Costume Designer
Tristan Roberson Lighting & Projections Designer
Robertson Witmer Sound Designer
Jessica Jones Associate Sound Designer
Kendra Lee Assistant Director
Lada Vishtak Japanese Cultural Consultant
Kaytlin McIntyre Casting
Jeremiah Givers* Stage Manager
Shawna Grajek Assistant Stage Manager
Dan Schuy Production Manager
Trevor Cushman Master Electrician/LBO
A.J. Heinen Production Assistant


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You’re invited to join us for the following events at the Center House Theatre:

Post-Play Discussion: Bullying
You’re invited to join us on Sunday, Sept 25 at approximately 4:30pm for a post-play discussion with Adapter Laura Ferri and Dr. Kelly Moore of Eastside Preparatory School about school bullying. Free and open to all.

Post-Play Discussion: Chris Higashi
You’re invited to join us on Sunday, Oct 2 at approximately 4:30pm for a post-play discussion to honor Chris Higashi and the Washington Center for the Book. Free and open to all.