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Book-It Repertory Theatre

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelouby Maya Angelou

Co-adapted by Myra Platt and Malika Oyetimein 
Directed by Malika Oyetimein

Pay-What-You-Will: Sept 13
Preview: Sept 14, 15
Opening Night: Saturday, Sept 16, 2017
September 13–October 15, 2017
Premiered at Book-It in 2003

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The show runs approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, including one intermission. The show contains mature content including racial slurs and sexual violence.

Adapted from Dr. 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 and the will to endure and learns to use her identity as a source of strength.


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Copyright ©1969 by Maya Angelou, Copyright renewed ©1997 by Maya Angelou  Used with permission of Caged Bird Legacy, LLC


CAST

Ronnie Hill Uncle Willie/Freeman/Ensemble
Aishé Keita Young Maya
Lamar LegendFather/Ensemble
Shaunyce Omar* Momma/Ensemble
Chip Sherman Bailey/Ensemble
Anthony Lee Simmons Henry Reed/Ensemble
Lindsay Zae Summers Dolores/Ensemble
Brennie Tellu* Maya
Dedra D. Woods* Mother Dear/Mrs. Flowers
 

PRODUCTION AND ARTISTIC TEAM

Malika OyetimeinDirector/Co-Adapter
Myra PlattCo-Adapter
Rachel M.E. WolfeDramaturg
Christopher MumawScenic Designer
Kelsey RogersSet Designer Assistant
Matthew WebbLighting Designer
Sadiqua ImanCostume Designer Assistant
KD SchillCostume Designer
Stephon DorseySound Designer
Chip ShermanChoreographer
Maria Gray*Stage Manager
Anne SzeliskiAssistant Stage Manager
Dan Schuy Production Manager
Cedric WrightProperties Designer
Emily SershonProperties Master
Benjamin RadinTechnical Director
Carmen RodriguezScenic Charge Artist
Trevor CushmanMaster Electrician/Light Board Operator
Joanna AponteSound Engineer/Board Operator
Emily KightDresser/Wardrobe

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States


Beyond-the-Book
Conversations that both illuminate Book-It’s production of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and act as catalysts for deeper exploration of the book’s themes.

Take Part in These FREE Beyond-the-Book Events:

Sat, Sept 23, 5:00pm: Find Your Voice Workshop with Gin Hammond, Seattle Voice Institute
Gin Hammond will guide participants in a series of gentle mind/body exercises with the aim of uncaging greater vocal expressivity. This playful workshop will also enhance participants’ sense of connection to their voices, and provide an opportunity to discuss concepts around voice and identity. All are welcome.

Sun, Sept 24, 4:15pm: Post-Show Talk–A talk with co-adapter/director Malika Oyetimein and co-adapter Myra Platt. Get an in-depth look at what it takes to make a show like I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings happen.

Wed, Sept 27, 9:45pm: Earth Pearl Collective, Post-Show Guided Self-Care Ritual
Earth Pearl Collective will be leading a guided self-care ritual for the audience and cast. We invite you to join on these days especially so that we can fill the space with light and love as we support the retelling of a life lived by the late (and great) Dr. Maya Angelou.

Fri, Sept 29, 6:00pm: Book-It Teen Night
TeenTix members use their ID cards for admission to this exclusive insider party before the Friday night show.

Wed, Oct 4, 9:45pm: Earth Pearl Collective, Post-Show Guided Self-Care Ritual
Earth Pearl Collective will be leading a guided self-care ritual for the audience and cast. We invite you to join on these days especially so that we can fill the space with light and love as we support the retelling of a life lived by the late (and great) Maya Angelou.

Events are FREE; tickets to the performances may be purchased at book-it.org or 206.216.0833.



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Book-It’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Trailer

Our 28th season opens with Dr. Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings!

Directed and co-adapted by Malika Oyetimein and co-adapted by Founding Co-Artistic Director Myra Platt, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings chronicles Dr. Angelou’s experiences from age three through the birth of her son. Despite wrenching childhood trauma and racism, she finds her voice and the will to endure and learns to use her identity as a source of strength.

Trailer by MJ Sieber with Aishé Keita and Brennie Tellu.

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