April 20 – May 13, 2006

by Edith Wharton
Adapted by Marcus Goodwin | Directed by Jane Jones

Now available for licensing! Please contact Josh Aaseng, Literary Manager, at Licensing@book-it.org for availability and pricing.

Money, romance, and the unforgiving social strata of early 20th-century New York intertwine in Book-It’s final show of the 2005-06 season, Edith Wharton’s brilliant novel, The House of Mirth. In it, Lily Bart, a young woman “brought up to be ornamental,” yearns for a carefree privileged life of concerts, garden parties, and luxurious silken frocks, yet finds marriage – the only means by which she can achieve this gilded existence – severely lacking in its appeal. Wharton, who won the Pulitzer Prize for The Age of Innocence, minces no words in her portrayal of Lily’s sorrowful comeuppance or of the treacherous injustices of the upper class. A runaway bestseller in 1905, The House of Mirth remains a true American classic.

Jennifer Lee Taylor
David Quicksall
Teri Lazzara
Eric Ray Anderson
Shana Bestock
Melissa D. Brown
Diane Hostetler
Kelly Kitchens
Hana Lass
Frank A. Lawler
Todd Licea
Joy Marzec
Sean Martin
Andrew J. Peterson
Sam Wykes

Artistic Team
Matthew Smucker, Scenic Designer
Harmony Arnold, Costume Designer
Jon Harmon, Lighting Designer
Lenore Bensinger, Dramaturg/Assistant Director
Gin Hammond, Vocal Coach
Dan Dennis, Composer/Sound Designer/Musician
Rob Witmer, Musician
Kevin Hinshaw, Musician

Devorah Spadone, Stage Manager


From page to stage, trying to capture Edith Wharton’s Lily
Seattle Times, 04/16/06