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Book-It Repertory Theatre

Book-It has always been about exploring new perspectives of the human condition. This season feels especially prime for voices from all walks of life to live, intersect, and connect in our work. We seek to create an artistic space that feels like home for everyone—where we can find our voices, lift them together, and discover who we all are, for as Maya Angelou said, “We are more alike, my friends, than unalike.”

Our 28th Mainstage Season:

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
Adapted by Myra Platt and Malika Oyetimein
Directed by Malika Oyetimein
September 13–October 15, 2017
Premiered at Book-It in 2003

Adapted from Maya Angelou’s masterpiece and directed by Malika Oyetimein, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings chronicles Angelou’s experiences from age three through the birth of her son. Despite wrenching childhood trauma and racism, she finds her voice, rises above it, and learns to use her identity as a source of strength. Learn more…

Howl’s Moving Castle, A New Musical, by Diana Wynne Jones
Adapted and directed by Myra Platt
Music and lyrics by Justin Huertas
November 29–December 30, 2017
World Premiere Production
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When Sophie (Sara Porkalob) unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, she finds herself transformed into an old woman. To break the enchantment, Sophie must strike a bargain with a fire demon and seek the help of the heartless wizard Howl before facing the Witch head-on. The award-winning novel–post-J.R.R. Tolkien, pre-J.K. Rowling–with music and lyrics by Justin Huertas inspires each of us to find our voice. Learn more…

The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett
Adapted by Jane Jones and Kevin McKeon
Directed by Jane Jones
A theatrical culinary collaboration with Café Nordo in Pioneer Square
February 8-April 1, 2018
World Premiere Production
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Step into Nordo’s Culinarium in Pioneer Square for a thrilling evening of mystery! Adapted from one of the most popular detective novels ever written, The Maltese Falcon follows Samuel “Sam” Spade, a private detective in San Francisco. While on the case to find the alluring Miss Wonderley’s sister and to recover the jewel-encrusted figurine, Sam finds himself to be both the hunter and the hunted. Learn more…

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz
Adapted and directed by Elise Thoron
April 19–May 6, 2018
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Book-It presents a Young Audiences New York adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that chronicles the life of Oscar de Leon, an overweight Dominican boy growing up in Paterson, New Jersey. Oscar is obsessed with science fiction and fantasy novels, falling in love, and the curse that has plagued his family for generations. Performed by artist Elvis Nolasco of “American Crime” fame, this production shows the importance of facing fear with love. Learn more…

The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde
Adapted by Judd Parkin
Directed by Victor Pappas
June 6-July 1, 2018
World Premiere Production
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When the handsome Dorian Gray sees a portrait a male admirer has made of him, he laments, “how sad it is! I will grow old and horrible and dreadful. But this picture will remain always young … if it were only the other way.”—and a Faustian bargain is struck. Oscar Wilde’s only novel scandalized Victorian England with its open examination of sex, drugs, and even murder, and its ultimate declaration that hiding from one’s true self is the real sin. Learn more…

2017-2018 Season Subscriptions
Subscriptions for the 2017-18 season are available now by phone, in person, and online. Subscription packages range from $78-$269. The box office is open Tuesday – Friday, noon to 5pm; call 206.216.0833. Learn more…

2017-2018 Season Partnerships
Book-It is thrilled to partner with Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas, ACLU  Seattle, Silver Kite Community Arts, Earth Pearl Collective, and Café Nordo, for the upcoming season!