November 30 – December 18, 2022

90 minutes (with a 15-minute intermission)

Ages: 9+

“How Wonderful, How Very Wonderful the Operations of Time, and the Changes of the Human Mind!”

Austen Unbound is Book-It Repertory Theatre’s first long-form improvised play. At each performance of this show, the ensemble will create an entirely new story, set in the style and genre of the beloved author’s works. Audiences will feel like they are watching a play based off a never-before published Jane Austen novel, as the improvisational actors transport them to the drawing rooms and manor houses of the Regency era. The wit and wisdom of Jane Austen will resonate with audiences as they experience new characters and stories in this “unscripted” play, which will be a unique story each night (based on suggestions given from the audience).

Why We Chose This Work: There is nothing better in the darkening days of late Fall than a little romance, a little fantasy, and little escape. Jane Austen gives contemporary audiences just that, and improvisation brings fun to a whole new level. With the world still reeling from crisis, we feel a show that embodies the juxtaposition of order and structure, which the Regency is famous for, with the unplanned and inspired, which improv allows us, is the perfect way to get us ready to head into the holiday season.

For Fans Of: The works of Jane Austen, Bridgerton by Julia Quinn, Carols and Chaos by Cindy Anstey

Click here to read the show’s Program



Shanna Allman*
Elizabeth Brammer
Nathan Cox
Randy Dixon*
Belinda Fu
Kyle Henick*
Cynthia Lair*
Elicia Wickstead

UNDERSTUDIES: Jeannine Clarke, Chazz Kaskes

*Member of Actors Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States


Dave Morris, Director
Nicola Krause, Stage Manager
Selina Senn, Assistant Stage Manager / Covid Safety Manager
Andrea Bryn Bush, Scenic Designer
Daniel J. Schuy, Lighting Designer
Matt Hohensee, Sound Consultant
Emily Kight, Sound Operation
Joceyln Fowler, Costume Designer


Pay What You Will Dates
Wednesday Nov. 30 (preview)
Thursday Dec. 15.
These tickets are available for purchase at the Box Office beginning at 6:30pm



Listen to Book-It’s Managing Director Jeannine Clarke and Austen Unbound Director Dave Morris discuss the creation of this show, aiming for art, settling for comedy, and playing with gobos

Read along with the interview here (transcript): Dave Morris Interview



Click here to read/download the Press Release

Taproot, Book-It invite you into their takes on Jane Austen’s world
Seattle Times | 12/06/22

Sense and spontaneity: Improvisational play ‘Austen Unbound’ takes the stage
KNKX | 12/10/22