June 6-30, 2019

Jende and Neni Jonga have recently emigrated from Cameroon to America to try to make a new life for themselves and their young son. When the Great Recession starts to upend the economy, the Jongas begin to grasp the fragility of the American dream. Imbolo Mbue masterfully weaves a story of class divide, immigration, and marriage in her remarkable debut novel.

Behold the Dreamers is a New York Times bestseller, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and a pick for Oprah’s Book Club.

Check out this reading list from Seattle Public Library and this Spotify playlist from Sound Designer Justin Johnson to enhance your experience!


Marcel Davis* Bubakar/Ensemble
DJ Dell/Elijah Savage Liomi Jonga
Beth DeVries* Cindy Edwards/Ensemble
Bailey Ellis Vince Edwards/Ensemble
Kamaria Hallums-Harris Betty/Ensemble
Ronnie Hill Winston/Ensemble
Sylvester Foday Kamara* Jende Jonga
Anjelica McMillan Neni Jonga/Ensemble
David Quicksall* Clark Edwards/Ensemble
Selena Whitaker-Paquiet Fatou/Leah/Ensemble
Jonas Winburn Mighty Edwards


Myra Platt Director & Adapter
Brandon J. Simmons Associate Director
Christopher Mumaw Scenic Designer
Emily W. Leong Lighting Designer
Danielle Nieves Costume Designer
Justin Johnson Sound Designer
Robin Macartney Properties Designer
Maria Gray* Stage Manager
Aviona Rodriguez-Brown Assistant Stage Manager
Gin Hammond Dialect Coach
Ian Bond Fight Choreographer
Kamaria Hallums-Harris Dance Consultant
Amy Jurkiewicz Youth Supervisor
Lillia Polyanskiy Substitute Youth Supervisor
Jasmine Lomax Directing Intern
Dan Schuy Production Manager
Benjamin Radin Technical Director
Charlie Minshall Assistant Technical Director
Shelby Choo Master Carpenter
Jessica Christensen Scenic Charge Artist/ Prop Master
Danny Herter Master Electrician/ Board Operator
Dayana Capulong Sound Board Operator
Anna Bowen Dresser/ Wardrobe

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States


Book-It’s adaptation of ‘Behold the Dreamers’ asks timely questions about immigration, class and the American dream
The Seattle Times

Seattle’s Book-It Repertory Theatre, in its thought-provoking production of “Behold the Dreamers,” encapsulates struggles faced by many who dare to dream of a better life in a distant land. Catch this timely production now through June 30th.
Seattle Pockets

Anjelica McMillan Gives Us a Taste of the ‘Dream’ at Book-It
Encore Spotlight