Inspired by the rich history of Jamie Ford’s Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, the development department invites you to explore the history of the Chinese Matchmaker: Yue Lao is the Chinese god who unites persons. As the legend goes, the matchmaker ties a red strand around two people to ensure the couple will be united—even if they were once strangers far away from each other.
As soon as she discovered that the rights for Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet were up for grabs in the midst of a phone conversation with an agent, she “ran into the office and shouted, ‘I want to do this book!”
For many, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is simply a story about love enduring through the test of internment. However, for Book-It Repertory Theatre’s production, Carey Wong, scenic designer, found a more personal connection.
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Jamie Ford chatted with Book-It Repertory Theatre over tea at the real-life Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet—the Panama Hotel located in Seattle’s International District.
Ford’s novel begins with middle-aged widower Henry Lee visiting the Panama Hotel…
[quote]The following is Annie Lareau’s director’s note for Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet[/quote] It is a rare hot August day in Seattle. Despite the sweltering heat of a fourth-floor rehearsal room with little ventilation, 30 actors and crew sit in a large circle as each of us share our personal family stories […]