Book-It Repertory Theatre’s MY ÁNTONIA: Beyond the Theatre

Book-It Repertory Theatre presents MY ÁNTONIA by Willa Cather, adapted and directed by Annie Lareau, from November 29 to December 30, 2018. Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this list of books, video, and podcasts to enhance your experience of the show.

photo of lead actors in Book-It's production of My Antonia

book cover image for My AntoniaAnnie Lareau, director of Book-It Repertory Theatre’s 2018 production of MY ÁNTONIA, has a long history with the book. Lareau wrote the theatrical adaptation of Willa Cather’s classic novel and starred in the premiere of the work at Book-It in 2008. My Ántonia is the story of a young immigrant arriving in the Great Plains at the close of the 19th century. Lareau used “her dog-eared copy of the book” to write the adaptation, rediscovering “her own adolescent markings of passages she thought were important… ‘It’s Ántonia’s spirit that gets me,’ Lareau said, ‘so open-hearted, she comes to this country under really difficult circumstances and is a survivor. For all her hardships, she always comes back to that mix of fierceness and hope.’” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) Continue reading “Book-It Repertory Theatre’s MY ÁNTONIA: Beyond the Theatre”

Book-It’s THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY: Beyond the Theatre

Poster that says: "The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde; adapted by Judd Parkin, Directed by Victor Pappas. June 6 - July 1, 2018. Logo at bottom right says "Book-It Repertory Theatre"Book-It Repertory Theatre presents THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY by Oscar Wilde, adapted by Judd Parkin and directed by Victor Pappas, from June 6 to July 1, 2018. Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this list of books, music and films to enhance your experience of the show. 

Oscar Wilde shocked Victorian sensibilities with his descriptions of Gray’s decadence and depravity. The book that scandalized readers was actually toned down from its original form. Book-It’s adaptation is drawn from Wilde’s original typescript, which you can read for yourself in the heavily annotated and illustrated The Picture of Dorian Gray: An Annotated, Uncensored Edition. Continue reading “Book-It’s THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY: Beyond the Theatre”

Book-It’s THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO: Beyond the Theatre

Book-It Repertory Theatre presents THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO by Junot Díaz, adapted and directed by Elise Thoron, from April 19 to May 6, 2018. Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this resource list of books, music and films to enhance your experience of the show.

The history and culture of the Dominican Republic loom large in Junot Díaz’s Pulitzer-prize-winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, about a sweet, awkward and ultimately doomed Dominican geek growing up in New Jersey and his family’s trials in Santo Domingo and the United States.

Many Americans know little about this small but densely populated Caribbean nation and the complex, multifaceted heritage of its people. Here are a few titles in the Library’s collection that will help you learn more about Dominican history, culture and identity and get prepared to see THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO at Book-It Repertory Theatre. Continue reading “Book-It’s THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO: Beyond the Theatre”

The Secret Garden comes to The Seattle Public Library

For generations, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett has charmed readers with its magical setting—a hidden garden on an old English estate. The moment when young orphan Mary Lennox stumbles upon her secret place ranks high—alongside the Pevensie children’s first trip through the wardrobe into Narnia—for the spark it ignites in the imagination of the reader.  Equally satisfying is the book’s insistence that simple determination can make heroines out of the most unlikely characters. As Mary relentlessly cultivates her garden, she also brings life back to Misselthwaite Manor.

If this book is a family favorite, or if you’re now inspired to share this classic with your children, The Seattle Public Library has a special program for you this week. Join us at the Central Library on Thursday, April 21, at 2 p.m.  for a short play based on the book, performed by Book-It Repertory Theatre. Following the play, families will be invited into the Faye G. Allen Children’s Center’s own “Secret Garden” for a short gardening activity.  Staff-recommended books for children on gardening and stories of secret places will be available for check out. This event is free, and best for ages 5 and up.

If you’ve already read The Secret Garden, here are some other children’s chapter books about gardens, secrets, and transformations guaranteed to spark the imagination. Continue reading “The Secret Garden comes to The Seattle Public Library”