Nearly three decades ago, Book-It Repertory Theatre was founded. It started as an artists’ collective, adapting short stories for performance and touring them throughout the Northwest. Today, with over 90 world-premiere adaptions of full-length novels to its credit – many productions having toured all over the country – Book-It is on the forefront nationally of adapting fiction to the stage.
Winner of the 2010 Mayor’s Arts Award and the 2012 Governor’s Arts Award, Book-It Repertory Theatre is not your average theater. No, it’s style is unique to not only theater in Seattle, but across the country. Book-It creates world-premiere adaptations of classic and contemporary literature for the stage, preserving the narrative text as it is spoken, not by a single “narrator” but as dialogue by the characters in the production. This technique was developed over the last 20 years and continues to be developed by Book-It artists led by Founding Co-Artistic Directors, Jane Jones and Myra Platt.
Productions include such classics as Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, and John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces. The company also produces contemporary favorites (many adapted from area novelists) including Jess Walter’s The Financial Lives of Poets, Jim Lynch’s Border Songs and Tom Robbins’ Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.
Not only do they produce award-winning mainstage productions, off stage they bring books to life with educational programming and small touring ensembles.
Dedicated to transforming great literature into great theater, Book-It Repertory Theater is dedicated to provide simple and sensitive productions to inspire audiences to read.
For more information about the Theatre, its season and its programs, please visit www.book-it.org.