Production History

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2014-15 | Season Twenty-Five

I Am of Ireland: A Celebration in Story, Song, and Dance

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 

The Dog of the South by Charles Portis

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

 

2013-14 | Season Twenty-Four

She’s Come Undone, by Wally Lamb 

Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley 

Truth Like the Sun, by Jim Lynch

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, by Michael Chabon

 

2012-13 | Season Twenty-Three

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford

Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant, by John Irving 

Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain 

The Financial Lives of the Poets, by Jess Walter

 

2011-2012 | Season Twenty-Two

Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant, by John Irving

Prairie Nocturne, by Ivan Doig

The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein

 

2010-2011 | Season Twenty-One

The Cider House Rules, Part Two: In Other Parts of the World,
by Peter Parnell, adapted from the novel by John Irving

Red Ranger Came Calling, by Berkeley Breathed 

Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens 

Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen 

Border Songs, by Jim Lynch

 

2009-2010 | Season Twenty

A Confederacy Of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole

Emma, by Jane Austen 

The River Why, by David James Duncan 

The Cider House Rules, Part One: Here in St. Clouds,
by Peter Parnell, adapted from the novel by John Irving

 

2008-2009 | Season Nineteen

Even Cowgirls Get The Blues, by Tom Robbins 

My Ántonia, by Willa Cather 

Moby-Dick, or The Whale, by Herman Melville 

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, by Dinaw Mengestu

Night Flight, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

 

2007-2008 | Season Eighteen

Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson

Peter Pan, by J. M. Barrie

Persuasion, by Jane Austen 

The Highest Tide, by Jim Lynch 

 

2006-2007 | Season Seventeen

Broken for You, by Stephanie Kallos

Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis

A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens 

Rhoda: A Life in Stories, by Ellen Gilchrist

The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende

 

2005-2006 | Season Sixteen

Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes

Little Women (Part 1), by Louisa May Alcott

Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis

Plainsong, by Kent Haruf

The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton 

 

2004-2005| Season Fifteen

Waxwings, by Jonathan Raban

Red Ranger Came Calling: A Guaranteed True Christmas Story, by Berkeley Breathed 

Rebecca, by Daphne DuMaurier

Giant, by Edna Ferber

The Awakening, by Kate Chopin

 

2003-2004 | Season Fourteen

Dracula: Jonathan Harker’s Journal, by Bram Stoker

Red Ranger Came Calling: A Guaranteed True Christmas Story, by Berkeley Breathed 

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen 

Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton

Travels with Charley, by John Steinbeck

 

2002-2003 | Season Thirteen

Cowboys Are My Weakness, by Pam Houston 

Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant, by John Irving 

A Christmas Memory, by Truman Capote

A Child’s Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

Hard Times, by Charles Dickens

Breathing Lessons, by Anne Tyler

 

2001-2002 | Season Twelve

Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D.H. Lawrence

Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant, by John Irving 

Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton 

If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home, by Tim O’Brien

Howards End, by E.M. Forster 

 

2000-2001 | Season Eleven

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen 

Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant, by John Irving 

Silver Water, by Amy Bloom

Sweet Thursday, by John Steinbeck

In a Shallow Grave, by James Purdy

 

1999-2000 | Season Ten

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte

Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant, by John Irving 

Double Indemnity, by James Cain

Baseball Stories

The Last Pennant Before Armageddon, by W.P.

Kinsella

Wait ’til Next Year, by Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Dixon-Cornbelt, League by W.P. Kinsella

The Awakening, by Kate Chopin

 

1998-1999 | Season Nine

Scary Stories

Subsoil, by Nicholson Baker

The Elemental, by R. Chetwyn Hayes

Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant, by John Irving 

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, (short stories) by Raymond Carver

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

The Student’s Wife

Intimacy

Cathedral

Romance With Double Bass, Short Stories by Anton Chekhov

Romance with Double Bass

Anya

The Grasshopper

Cowboys Are My Weakness, by Pam Houston 

1997-1998 | Season Eight

I Am of Ireland

The Drunkard, by Frank O’Connor

She Went Gently, by Vincent Carroll

The Living, by Mary Lavin

Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant, by John Irving 

Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D H Lawrence

The Beat at Book-It (short stories and poems)

Works, by Beat Writers Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence

Ferlinghetti, Diana Prima

 

1996-1997 | Season Seven

Winesburg, Ohio, by Sherwood Anderson

A Book-It Christmas

Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor, by John Cheever

A Christmas Memory, by Truman Capote

Grendel, by John Gardner

Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D.H. Lawrence

 

1995-1996 | Season Six

Pages of the Season

A Child’s Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas

A Christmas Memory, by Truman Capote

Trains

The Five Forty-Eight, by John Cheever

The Train, by Raymond Carver

For Better or For Worse

A Long Walk to Forever, by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Here We Are, by Dorothy Parker

How To Be A Good Wife

A Couple of Kooks, by Cynthia Rylant

 

1994-1995 | Season Five

Eudora (short stories), by Eudora Welty

Why I live at the P.O.

Where is the Voice Calling From?

Kin

Book-It’s Holiday Show

A Child’s Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas

The Loudest Voice, by Grace Paley

Northwest Voices

Girls, by Tess Gallagher

Romance Languages, by Alix Wilbur

Roman Fever (short stories), by Edith Wharton

Roman Fever

Xingu

 

1993-1994 | Season Four

Touching on Love

The Most Girl Part of You, by Amy Hempel

Lily Daw and the Three Ladies, by Eudora Welty

The Lonesomes Ain’t No Spring Picnic, by Birthalene Miller

Book-It’s Holiday Show

A Child’s Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas

The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry

The Loudest Voice, by Grace Paley

I Am of Ireland

The Drunkard, by Frank O’Connor

She Went Gently, by Vincent Carroll

The Living, by Mary Lavin

Better be Ready ‘Bout Half Past Eight, by Allison Baker

How I Came West and Why I Stayed

Better Be Ready ‘Bout Half Past Eight

 

1990-1993| Seasons One-Three

Book-It performed over 100 short stories as part of our In-House Performance Series.

2014-2015

Danger: Books!

La Mariposa, by Francisco Jimenez

STAT Standing Tall and Talented: Home Court, by Amar’e Stoudemire

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll


2013-2014

Danger: Books!

A Day’s Work, by Eve Bunting

Pink and Say, by Patricia Polacco

The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster

 

2012-13

Danger: Books!

Thank you, Mr. Falker, by Patricia Polacco

Never Forgotten, by Patricia McKissack

Skippyjon Jones, by Judy Schachner

 

2011-12

Danger: Books!

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin

Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman, by Kathleen Krull

The Lorax & The Sneetches and Other Stories, by Dr. Seuss

 

2010-11

Danger: Books!

The Prince of the Pond, by Donna Jo Napoli

Henry’s Freedom Box, by Ellen Levine

The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

 

2009-2010

Danger: Books!

Raven and Coyote, by Gerald McDermott

Catching the Moon, by Crystal Hubbard

Johnny Appleseed , by Steven Kellogg

 

2008-2009

Danger: Books!

La Mariposa, by Francisco Jimenez

Chicken Sunday, by Patricia Polacco

The Jungle Books, by Rudyard Kipling

 

2007-2008

Danger: Books!

Sadako and The Thousand Paper Cranes, by Eleanor Coerr

MINTY, by Alan Schroeder

The Stinky Cheese Man with Three Little Pigs, by John Scieszka

 

2006-2007

Danger: Books!

The Journey That Saved Curious George, by Louise Borden

Goin’ Someplace Special, by Patricia McKissack

The Trumpet of the Swan, by E.B. White

 

2005-2006

Danger: Books!

The Story of Ferdinand , by Munro Leaf

Sosu’s Call, by Meshack Asare

My Father’s Dragon, by Ruth Stiles Gannett

 

2004-2005

The Cinderella Stories, by Rafe Martin and Rebecca Hickox

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain

Danger: Books!

Pink & Say, by Patricia Polacco

Ereth’s Birthday, by Avi

 

2003-2004

Why Leopard Has Spots, by Won-Ldy Paye and Margaret H. Lippert

Sadako and The Thousand Paper Cranes, by Eleanor Coerr

Danger: Books!

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain

The Prince of the Pond: Otherwise Known As De Fawg Pin, by Donna Jo Napoli

 

2002-2003

Why Leopard Has Spots, by Won-Ldy Paye and Margaret H. Lippert

Tam Lin, by Jane Yolen

The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster

David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens

Danger: Books!

 

2001-2002

Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling

Mirandy and Brother Wind, by Patricia McKissack

The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster

David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens

Danger: Books!

Glory in the Daytime, by Dorothy Parker

A Christmas Memory, by Truman Capote

These Book-It Adaptations now Available for Licensing

This collection of Book-It Style® adaptations of great literature is now available for licensing. Our scripts  have been wrought with care from the original works always honoring the original author’s intent. These highly theatrical, vibrant works thrill audiences and are perfect for all kinds of producers from academic theatre to community theatre to professional companies.

For more information, contact Literary Manager, Josh Aaseng at Literary Manager Josh Aaseng.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Uncensored

by Mark Twain, adapted by Judd Parkin

Huck Finn is an iconic fixture in America’s literary canon, and with Twain’s nuanced depiction of escaped slave Jim as a fully realized human, the novel presented a moral awakening for readers in 1885. In order to honor the author’s intent and narrative, Book-It’s Huck Finn is uncensored; this play is performed as written. 7 men, 3 women – 42+ characters

charlies-cowgirls_faded-1024x980Cowboys Are My Weakness

by Pam Houston, adapted by Myra Platt

This adaptation crackles with Pam Houston’s hilarious tales about a set of smart and feisty women and their search for love and adventure in the “new” Old West. Experience an adaptation that The Seattle Times called “an engaging pitch-perfect realization” of Houston’s bestselling collection. 3 women, 3 men, 2 musicians – 25+ characters

EM_Prod3-1024x683Emma

by Jane Austen, adapted by Rachel Atkins

Jane Austen’s fourth novel is a sparkling comedy of 19th-century manners centering on the well-intentioned Emma and her sometimes indiscreet, often misapplied, and always entertaining efforts as matchmaker. Witty, intelligent, and spoiled, Emma takes it upon herself to arrange a suitable marriage for her poor friend Harriet. But despite her advantages, she is oblivious to the true nature of almost everyone around her—including herself—until at last she happily loses her own heart. 6 men, 8 women – 17+ characters

“Emma‘s script…allows nearly all of Jane Austen’s clever, sparkling gems to be on display.” – AustenBlog

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

by Tom Robbins, adapted by Jennifer Sue Johnson

This sexy, metaphorical romp by Tom Robbins was a late-’70s counterculture favorite. Spiritual, goofy, political, and poetic, Robbins’ brilliant intellectual plots lead us one way, followed fast by a twisting curveball. Heroine Sissy Hankshaw’s unusually large thumbs point her toward her physiological destiny: she becomes an underground hitchhiking legend. At the end of the road, FBI agents, whooping cranes, and the eponymous cowgirls collide in the story’s climax at the Rubber Rose Ranch. 3 men, 10 women – 22+ characters

“It’s out of the ballpark, never less than outrageously entertain­ing while remaining extremely faith­ful to the anarchic spirit of the original book.” – Michael Dare, Dareland Blog

Ethan Frome

by Edith Wharton, adapted by Russ Banham

Set in the cold embrace of a New England winter, Ethan Frome explores the dark and powerful landscape of a failed marriage, a fledgling love, and the heartbreaking consequences of a life only half lived. Bound in marriage to a bitter invalid, the taciturn, intelligent Ethan Frome falls in love with his wife’s cousin, vibrant young Mattie Silver. Torn between duty and desire, Ethan and Mattie succumb to a kind of spontaneous joy neither had ever known, stealing a brief glimpse of happiness before fate intervenes. 4 men, 3 women – 12 characters

“The nearly primal love triangle of Ethan Frome is still riveting today, partly because social conventions still keep us from being ‘free.’” – The Stranger

Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus

by Mary Shelley, adapted by David Quicksall

Gothic thriller, passionate romance, and a cautionary tale rolled into one, Mary Shelley’s seminal horror story of an obsessed young scientist and his monstrous creation has become a world-wide cultural icon. 8 men, 2 women – 21+ characters

“…this production perches on perfection.” –Seattle Weekly

“David Quicksall’s assured adaptation can exert a viselike grip on your senses, stir your intellect and emotions, and, in its chill-inducing design and fidelity to Shelley’s most artful prose, get pretty spooky.” –The Seattle Times

Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens, adapted by Lucinda Stroud

An epic literary journey, Great Expectations follows the fickle turns in the life of its orphaned hero, Pip. The future looks dim at age seven, when the story begins, as Pip meets an escaped convict and suffers the tyrannous upbringing of his sister, Mrs. Joe. With an innocent heart and a surprising inheritance, Pip is able to avoid his future as a blacksmith, and instead begin an ambitious rise through the rigid social ranks. An unforgettable cast of characters surrounds Pip as he travels, struggles, and falls in love. Great Expectations is a story of ambition and the possibility of progress within even the most dreadful, 19th-century circumstances. 7 men, 2 women – 14+ characters

Notable Productions

Portland Center Stage, January/February 2016, directed by Jane Jones.

“…an absorbing display of Book-It’s superior storytelling technique.”The Seattle Times

The Highest Tide

by Jim Lynch, adapted by Jane Jones

It’s summer and Miles O’Malley, our 13-year-old, four-foot eight-inch, stature-challenged hero, is deeply involved with two things: the Puget Sound and growing up. Many changes are afoot in this young man’s life; the Nisqually Earthquake is about to shake things up in his hometown of Olympia, Washington, and his growing infatuation with the girl next door, Angie the baby sitter, surprises and confuses him. His obsession with all things aquatic leads him to make an exciting discovery and attracts fame and attention that he neither expects nor desires. Poetic, yet lean and lucid, and disarmingly funny, The Highest Tide is an ingenuous look into the change of  adolescence, and an intelligent, fascinating peek under the coastal waters of the Puget Sound. 8 men, 10 women – 37+ characters

Notable Productions

Island Theatre, Bainbridge Island, July 2011.

“Book-It aces The Highest Tide” – The Seattle Times

The House of Mirth

by Edith Wharton, adapted by Marcus Goodwin

Lily Bart, the lovely, impoverished and stubbornly single heroine of Edith Wharton’s 1905 dark bestseller The House of Mirth, is a character destined for disappointment. Trapped in a society where women are “brought up to be ornamental,” she’s torn between her desire for a carefree, gilded existence and her desire for the unthinkable: a marriage based on love. And unfortunately, at age 29 in her world time to make such a decision is running out. 6 men, 9 women – 32+ characters

“Book-It’s The House of Mirth is an emotional rollercoaster that dives deep into the human mind. Wharton’s tragic tale is filled with unavoidable obstacles that still exist one hundred years later.”– BroadwayWorld.com


Howards End

by E.M. Forster, adapted by Marcus Goodwin

Howards End tells the story of two very different upper crust British families – the independent, passionate Schlegel sisters and the analytical, elitist Wilcox men – and how their lives become inextricably entwined over a small country estate known as Howards End. 6 men, 8 women – 25+ characters

“The interpersonal end of Howards End so engages, the wider implications can be missed. But they exist, in the novel and Book-It’s sensitive treatment.” – The Seattle Times

Moby Dick, or The Whale

by Herman Melville, adapted by David Quicksall

One of the most famous first lines in literature, “Call me Ishmael,” begins this fabled sea-going adventure. Hear the muscular dialogue and rich narrative of Melville’s great story of Captain Ahab in his determined and perilous pursuit of a fearsome white whale. More than just a sea voyage of a captain and his crew, Melville’s tale dives deep beyond the void of the open sea, exposing to us the deeper mysteries of life. 10-14 men – 18+ characters

“…a fine example of what Book-It does best; moving literature from the page to the stage while emphasizing the strengths of both forms, and compromising neither…. We feel the wind and the power of the tempest in our souls, which is precisely where Melville wants it to exist.” Jerry Kraft, seattleactor.com

My Ántonia

by Willa Cather, adapted by Annie Lareau

Willa Cather paints her pioneer country in wistful sepia prose that has become an enchanting American classic. The childhood memories of narrator Jim Burden in Blackhawk, Nebraska are woven together with the struggles of his beloved neighbor, a newly-arrived immigrant girl from Bohemia, Ántonia Shimerda. The story of their friendship outlines the determination, hardship, and resilience of Great Plains life at the turn of the last century. 9 men, 9 women – 35+ characters

“Like the Great Plains of Nebraska it celebrates, Book-It Repertory’s adaptation of My Ántonia runs solid and wide, inspiring in its fine detail.” – Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant

by John Irving, adapted by Jane Jones and Myra Platt

John Irving’s quirky and memorable boy, Owen Meany, wreaks havoc on the annual Christ Church Christmas Pageant. Poignant, hilarious, rambunctious–this holiday hit is beloved by the post-Santa crowd. 10 men, 10 women – 38+ characters

“Simply put, ‘Owen’ is awesome!” – Examiner.com

Persuasion

by Jane Austen, adapted by Jen Taylor and Colin Byrne

A romantic tale of love, perseverance, and rejuvenation, Persuasion pits desire against convention, cutting to the heart of the social and gender issues of early-19th-century England. Eight years after Anne Elliot’s painful rejection of the naval officer she was betrothed to, convinced of his “unworthiness” by her family, she once again struggles with her rekindled and unwavering devotion. Austen’s scenes of avarice and poverty, flirtations begun and abandoned, and her ability to be a ruthless narrator, all come to life in this insightful new adaptation. 6 men, 8 women – 21+ characters

Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen, adapted by Marcus Goodwin

Pride and Prejudice is the story of the Bennet family (particularly the five unmarried Bennet daughters) and the society in which they live. Full of wit and keen observation, the story also boasts a cast of unforgettable characters: the dashing – and prideful – Mister Darcy, the monstrously self-centered Lady Catherine de Bourgh, the unctuous Reverend Collins, and of course, the extraordinary Elizabeth Bennet. 7 men, 8 women – 26+ characters

Red Ranger Came Calling

by Berkeley Breathed, musical adaptation by Myra Platt and Edd Key

It’s hard to imagine that a nine-year-old could be jaded about a particular December holiday, but Red (a.k.a. The Red Ranger of Mars, Protector of the 23rd Century) is positively peevish! All would be well if only he could get his “Official Buck Tweed Two-Speed Crime-Stopper Star-Hopper Bicycle!” Berkeley Breathed’s “guaranteed true Christmas story” shows us that a little magic, a lot of imagination, and just the right amount of faith can make a believer out of anyone. 8 men, 7 women – 20+ characters

“This musical adaptation has tunes you can actually hum on your way home… Red Ranger Came Calling is a funny, affecting treat for young and old.” – The Seattle Times

The River Why

by David James Duncan, adapted by Myra Platt

Gus Orviston, the spawn of an erudite fly-fisher and a country plunker, is a true fishing prodigy from an early age. He makes an hysterically funny, yet perceptive and moving journey of self-discovery. Set in the Pacific Northwest, audiences will at once feel kinship with Gus as he leaves his quirky, fishing-obsessed family in the suburbs to search for happiness on the banks of a wild and remote Oregon river. Gus’s quest for perfecting “the ideal schedule” yields to a pursuit of why and like fishing, the pursuit itself is where meaning lies. 7 men, 4 women – 20+ characters

“…a charmer, with a sense of whimsy in the vein of Richard Brautigan and other literary, nature-loving West Coasters.” – The Seattle Times

Sense and Sensibility

by Jane Austen, adapted by Jennifer Lee Taylor (soon to be available through Samuel French Inc.)

In this vivid new adaptation of Jane Austen’s first published novel, we meet the Dashwood sisters, whose happy lives are dramatically changed in the wake of their father’s death. Their home is taken by their half-brother and his overbearing wife and they must learn to live on much less far away from all they’re accustomed to. Amid their misfortune, love alights: the very sensible Elinor falls for the equally cautious Edward Ferrars, while the flighty sensibilities of Marianne flutter ill-advisedly to their handsome, reckless neighbor John Willoughby. Both hard lessons and gentle guidance help them learn that happiness in love is an unpredictable struggle against the most important social values: family, honor, and wealth. Luckily, with Jane Austen love wins. 6 men, 8 women – 18+ characters

 “All that one might wish for in the Austen drawing rooms of one’s imagination…Book-It’s Sense and Sensibility is a flirty delight.” – The Seattle Times

“Book-It Repertory Theatre’s new adaptation gives audiences the chance to fall for Sense and Sensibility all over again.” – Seattle Met

She’s Come Undone

by Wally Lamb, adapted by Kelly Kitchens

This deeply affecting, often hilarious novel centers on the extraordinary wisecracking, ever-vulnerable Dolores Price, whose life we follow through her fortieth year. Despite family dysfunction, bitter betrayal, anger, and overwhelming despair, she ultimately forges a new beginning and finds the courage to love again. 6 men, 6 women – 46+ characters

A Tale of Two Cities

by Charles Dickens, adapted by Kevin McKeon and Jane Jones

A sweeping story of love, courage, and redemption, A Tale of Two Cities is woven around a multitude of unforgettable characters – the bloodthirsty Madame Defarge; the brave Lucie Manette; and the ne’er-do-well, noble Sydney Carton. Set in and around the French Revolution, it chronicles the lives of characters in France who become instigators of the revolt, and their counterparts in England who become unintentional participants. As they struggle to remain true to their beliefs amid the chaos of the revolution, their lives change forever. 11 men, 8 women – 60+ characters

The adaptation by Jane Jones and Kevin McKeon is impressively literate and never bookish, passionate in its fidelity to the politics and personalities of the original and smart in its pure theatricality.” –Aisle Say Seattle

For availability and pricing please contact Josh Aaseng, Literary Manager, Licensing@book-it.org or 206.428.6335

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