#StandUpForBookIt 2019

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Stand Up for Book-It!

Join us as we walk the bustling streets of New York City in our world-premiere adaptation of Cameroonian American author Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers. This story incisively explores the themes of immigration, class divide, and what it means to dream in a nation like ours. For the past 29 years, Book-It has brought people together for unforgettable stories like this – stories that transport, educate, and enchant. We couldn’t be more delighted to be ending our 2018-19 season with such a dramatic and relevant piece, and we invite you to join us in our journey, supporting literature, theatre, and what dreams may come.

Book-It is dreaming big these days.

Next year, Book-It celebrates thirty years as a Seattle institution – and bids a fond farewell to our inspirational co-artistic directors, Jane Jones and Myra Platt. As we honor their legacy, we’re looking towards a future in which we’ll dream Book-It anew. If our work has ever moved you – to lose yourself in a good book, to share a story with a friend, or to engage with your community in a new way – we ask you to Stand Up for Book-It today.

Why Stand Up for Book-It?

Gifts this month will support:

  • Our landmark Season 30, which will take audiences on a whirlwind adventure, starting with a madcap road trip through Ukraine and ending at an isolated farm in rural Wisconsin; a season where dreams abound.
  • The Arts & Education Program’s Touring Stories, which bring literature-based theatre programming and curricula to youth, teachers, and parents in urban, rural, and island communities statewide. We introduce thousands of young people to theatre for the very first time.
  • The Literacy Project partnering with local school districts to combat summer learning loss and help students meet state literacy standards.
  • The sustained health of Seattle’s vibrant theatre community. Book-It remains deeply committed to paying artists a living wage, even as our city changes rapidly around us.

Did you know that Book-It’s education program reaches upwards of 50,000 students every year, making it one of Washington’s largest and most essential arts-based literacy programs? Or that since our founding, we have brought over 130 world-premiere adaptations of some of the world’s most beloved and transformative books to the stage?

Join us to raise $100,000!

Your gift will support the artists dedicated to bringing stories to life on the Book-It stage, in the theatre, and in classrooms and community centers across Washington State. All gifts received by June 30 will be matched 1:1 by our friends at the Sage Foundation, so your gift will go twice as far. Stand Up for Book-It today.

Ways to give:


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Send a check made out to Book-It Repertory Theatre to:

Book-It Repertory Theatre
305 Harrison St
Seattle, WA 98109



Thank You

A wholehearted thank you to everyone who has contributed to Book-It in Season 29, including our subscribers who gave with their subscriptions, our generous supporters at the Dream Gala, and our fabulous sponsors! You make our dreams come true.

Welcome to Season 30

  • Everything Is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer
    Adapted and Directed by Josh Aaseng
    September 11-October 6, 2019
  • Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones
    Adapted and Directed by Myra Platt
    Music and Lyrics by Justin Huertas
    November 29-December 29, 2019
  • The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James
    Adapted by Rachel Atkins, Directed by Carol Roscoe
    February 12-March 8, 2020
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski
    Adapted by Jane Jones and Kevin McKeon, Directed by Jane Jones
    June 3-28, 2020

Our Arts & Education Program will tour three brand new stories during the 2019-2020 season:

  • My Name is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/Me llamo Celia: La Vida de Celia Cruz by/por Monica Brown Fall 2019
  • Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes Winter 2020
  • Wordy Birdy by Tammi Sauer Spring and Summer 2020

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Sally Brunette

Annika Bennett