Book-It Repertory Theatre Programs
Mainstage Subscription Season
Every season, Book-It produces four-five world-premiere adaptations of great literature - both contemporary and classic - each title carefully selected for its unique voice, exceptional literary accomplishment and for its potential to inspire a love of reading in our audience. Our audience is invited to take a journey through diverse worlds, to see other points of view and other experiences in ways that enhance understanding, broaden knowledge and increase empathy.
Book-It's 25th Silver Jubilee Season includes I Am of Ireland: A Collection of Stories, Song, and Dance; Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice; the comic road trip story The Dog of the South; the runaway bestseller and 2011 Seattle Reads book Little Bee; and Slaughterhouse-Five by legendary American writer Kurt Vonnegut.
Book-It Arts and Education
Book-It's Arts and Education Program is a unique model of arts education designed to enhance reading and comprehension skills while engaging youth with great stories and professional live theatre. One of the largest arts education programs in Seattle, we serve 60,000 students and educators each year through curriculum-based touring performances with workshops, classroom residencies, student matinees, professional development for teachers, and a literacy program that integrates theatre and the Book-It Style with classroom reading instruction.
Stories being toured include the bi-lingual story of a Mexican migrant worker's son starting first grade in a new school and a new country, La Mariposa by Francisco Jimenez; STAT Standing Tall and Talented: Home Court, written and based on the life of All-Star NBA player Amar'e Stoudemire; and the Lewis Carroll classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In 2014 Book-It received the Gregory Award for Outstanding Production of the Year for Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, adapted and directed by Co-Artistic Director Myra Platt. This 4-hour theatrical event utilized a team of experts (magician, graphic novel artist, visual artist, choreographer, and composer), and 14 actors plus three musicians who played 88 characters to tell a story of WWII, the Nazi occupation, the Golem, and Jewish mysticism amidst the birth of American comic-book superheroes. Seattle Times said the "note-perfect cast unlock the heart of Chabon's saga in one of Book-It's most ambitious and best productions..."
One challenge has been responding to the increased demand for our work and building operation capacity in order to support this growth. The impact of Book-It’s artistry and social relevance is only just beginning. Since 2007, we have doubled our budget, carefully balancing artistic risk with a conservative fiscal philosophy. We know it is critical that we maintain artistic excellence and prioritize artistic capacity. As a result, we are exploring ways to build capacity in order to support and manage our expanded operations and artistic development.
We are excited about the opportunity for growth and transformation in the years ahead and invite community support of our current initiatives.