Once upon a time, three decades ago, two remarkable women took Seattle by the hand and asked us to join them on the adventure of a lifetime. A journey through the pages of our favorite stories and into a room filled with our most beloved characters, living and breathing before our eyes. This creation was their gift to us. Now, we celebrate the final season of Jane Jones and Myra Platt at the helm of Book-It Repertory Theatre. These four thrilling tales of family, love, madness, and betrayal are a final chapter in their legacy of transforming great literature into great theatre. But this adventure, 30 years in the making, is still to be continued.
EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED by Jonathan Safran Foer
HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE by Diana Wynne Jones
THE TURN OF THE SCREW by Henry James
THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE by David Wroblewski
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2019-2020 MAINSTAGE SEASON
Everything Is Illuminated
By Jonathan Safran Foer
Adapted & Directed by Josh Aaseng
September 11 – October 6, 2019
When the past does not exist, we exist for the past.
Jonathan treks to Ukraine to uncover the truth of a family legend—what happened to the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis? With the help of Alex, his less-than-fluent translator, and Alex’s grandfather, Jonathan’s journey leads him back in time and deep into his own imagination. The trio squabbles and struggles to understand each other and where they’re headed, but their quixotic search brings a vision of the past to vibrant, terrible, charming life before our eyes.
This play is performed through arrangement with Aragi, Inc. for Jonathan Safran Foer. All rights reserved.
Howl’s Moving Castle
By Diana Wynne Jones
Adapted & Directed by Myra Platt
Music and Lyrics by Justin Huertas
November 27 – December 29, 2019
Follow your own path and you will never be left behind.
When you’re the eldest, your destiny is decided. Or so Sophie believed, until the Witch of the Waste’s curse turns her into an old woman. There’s nothing for it—Sophie must find a way to fix this for herself. Seeking refuge in the dread Howl’s castle, she finds unlikely allies, and friends, in the sorcerer, his fire demon, and a lovesick apprentice, who help Sophie realize she has the power to decide her own fate. Full of the same magic and music that you loved before, re-enter this fantastical world for a new experience with a Book-It favorite.
HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE based on an original book by Diana Wynne Jones. By arrangement with Knight Hall Agency Ltd.
The Turn of the Screw
By Henry James
Adapted by Rachel Atkins
February 12 – March 8, 2020
It’s time for a tale of love and ghosts and delicious dreadfulness.
A young and beautiful Governess is charged with the care of the angelic Flora and Miles. Soon, however, their companionship is marred by the appearance of two sinister and supernatural specters. These ghastly shadows are trying to possess the children, but only the Governess perceives this threat. In this house full of secrets and terror, it falls to her to drive out these phantoms. In this classic fireside story, you will be thrilled, and perhaps even filled with doubts, about what is real and what are mere manifestations from your own mind.
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
By David Wroblewski
Adapted by Jane Jones and Kevin McKeon
Directed by Jane Jones
June 3 – 28, 2020
Family know how to love you, and hurt you, truer than anyone.
For generations, Edgar’s family has raised and trained a special breed of dog in the northern woods of Wisconsin. The Sawtelles love and understand these animals. In fact, Edgar, who has never spoken, has always been able to easily communicate with his canine friends; and together, they see and hear everything. When his uncle fatally betrays his father, Edgar knows the truth—but no one will hear him. This achingly beautiful retelling of a Shakespearean tragedy is sure to move and haunt you.
This play is performed through arrangement with Creative Artists Agency for David Wroblewski. All rights reserved.
My Name is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz
Me llamo Celia: La Vida de Celia Cruz
By/por Monica Brown
Illustrated by/illustrado por Rafael López
Themes: music, dance, Cuban history, family, emigration
Available: October – December, 2019
Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz, brought joy and music and the sweet sugar of the Havana sound to millions of people around the world. In this celebration of her life and her gift of song, you will hear her story and feel the warmth of her love fill your heart. It’ll make you feel like dancing! ¡Azúcar!
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
By Derrick Barnes
Illustrated by Gordon C. James
Themes: imagination, community, Black culture, self-esteem, poetry
Available: January – March, 2020
A trip to “the shop” is a magical thing. “It frames your swagger.” You know you can be anything. A manufacturer of cool. Guided by “thousands of black angels” important. You hop out of that chair looking otherworldly fresh, the best version of yourself you can ever imagine. This story is for all the black and brown boys learning to be men. And to all the rest of the world who should see what they see in that barbershop mirror—their lives matter, always have.
By Tammi Sauer
Illustrated by Dave Mottram
Themes: listening, friendship, community
Available: March – June, 2020
Wordy Birdy loves a lot of things—like unicorns and spaghetti—but mostly, she loves to talk. She loves to talk so much that she doesn’t make much time…okay, any time…for listening. When her joyous chirping gets her in trouble (spoiler: there’s a big, growly bear!) her friends come to the rescue just in time. And she finally learns to listen. A great story of adventure and friendship, and respecting others. Now, that’s what I call a good story!