Book-It Repertory Theatre

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

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


The show contains mature content including racial slurs and sexual violence.

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 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


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 Woods* Mother Dear/Mrs. Flowers


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
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

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, 4:15pm: Find Your Voice Workshop with Gin Hammond, Seattle Voice Institute

Sun, Sept 24, 4:15pm: Post-Show Talk–Sharon Nyree Williams of the CD Forum moderates a talk with artistic team members. Get an in-depth look at what it takes to make a show like “Caged Bird” happen.

Wed, Sept 27, 9:45pm: Earth Pearl Collective, Post-Show Guided Self-Care Ritual

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

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


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