Artistic Development

Novel Workshop Series

Novel Workshop Series

Book-It Repertory Theatre and the UW School of Drama are collaborating again in a series that explores potential adaptations for future main stage productions at Book-It.

The 2014 Novel Workshop Series schedule has not yet been announced.

Watch the creative process unfold onstage as PATP students explore a series of works-in-progress with Book-It Repertory Theatre. This collaboration aims to expose students and audiences to the process of play development through readings in the Book-It Style™.

Every Book-It show is a world-premiere adaptation of a work of fiction. Co-Artistic Director Myra Platt explains, “Bringing a novel adaptation to the stage cannot be rushed, and an early reading of a fledgling adaptation with a discerning audience can shortcut development time and help steer a new work through the process—it can also tell the company what won’t work as a Book-It Style™ production.”

The inaugural year’s reading series led to Jim Lynch’s Border Songs and Ivan Doig’s Prairie Nocturne being selected for full production on Book-It’s main stage.

Explore our future with us! You may just witness the birth of the next big thing.

The University of Washington School of Drama is one of the country’s leading training institutions for theatre artists and scholars. Sixteen faculty and 20 staff members serve 150 undergraduate majors and 45 graduate students. The School offers a four-year undergraduate liberal arts education, Masters of Fine Arts degrees in acting, design, and directing, and a PhD in theatre history and criticism.

Internationally, students study and present work at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and in Pontlevoy, France as The Drama Collective. Faculty and alumni have founded theatres such as ACT (Seattle), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Empty Space Theatre, and most recently, the Washington Ensemble Theatre, Emerald City Scene, Wing-it Productions, and Next Stage.

Read more about the School of Drama.

 

Past Novel Workshop Series

2013

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (père),
Adapted by Rachel Atkins and directed by David Quicksall

Run by Ann Patchett
Adapted and directed by Myra Platt

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
Adapted by Jeff Schwager and directed by Josh Aaseng

Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
Adapted and directed by Annie Lareau

2012

She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
Adapted and directed by Kelly Kitchens

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Adapted and directed by Annie Lareau

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Adapted by Rachel Atkins and directed by Jane Jones

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
Adapted by Jeff Schwager and directed by Josh Aaseng

2011

The Gravedigger’s Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates
Adapted and directed by John Vreeke

Baby Todd and the Rattlesnake Stradivarius by Teresa Kennedy
Adapted by Melanie White and directed by Myra Platt

The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty
Adapted by Sonya Schneider and directed by Kate Godman

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Adapted by Don Fleming and directed by John Hill

Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Oscar Wilde
Adapted by Brandon J. Simmons and directed by Carys Kresny

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Adapted by Rachel Atkins and directed by George Mount

Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Adapted by Myra Platt and directed by Annie Lareau

2010

Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
Adapted by Mischa Willett and directed by Carol Roscoe

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Adapted by Barb Lachman and directed by Annie Lareau

Ulysses by James Joyce, Rights Pending
Adapted by Wendy Joseph and directed by Mary Machala

Border Songs by Jim Lynch
Adapted by Bryan Willis and directed by Jane Jones

Prairie Nocturne by Ivan Doig
Adapted by Elena Hartwell and directed by Myra Platt

Explorations in Literary Works Originating from Magazines
Adapted by Daniel Brockley and directed by Makaela Pollock

Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac
Adapted and directed by David Quicksall

Made possible, in part, through the generosity of The Boeing Company Charitable Trust.

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