Seattle Rep’s ‘The Suit’

The Suit playbillWe are excited about the opening of Seattle Repertory Theatre‘s production of The Suit, next Wednesday, March 19! Legendary director Peter Brook (The Tragedy of Hamlet, 2001) brings to the stage a parable about forgiveness set in apartheid South Africa. Combining a rich musical score with a remarkably simple staging The Suit follows a cuckolded husband who doles out an unusual punishment to his wife: he asks that she treat her lover’s abandoned suit as a guest of honor in their home. At once charming and disquieting, The Suit has been called “pretty close to perfect” by The New York Times.

We’ve selected the following Library materials to complement your enjoyment of the play. Continue reading “Seattle Rep’s ‘The Suit’”

Seattle Rep’s ‘Venus in Fur’

We’re excited about the opening of the Seattle Repertory Theatre‘s production of DavidVenus in Fur playbill Ives’ Venus in Fur this Friday! A Broadway hit, this cheeky, sexy play finds playwright Thomas Novachek at a loss. There are simply no actresses talented enough to play his leading lady. Then in walks Vanda, a mysterious siren with the uncanny ability to inhabit his character. All bets are off when the audition quickly escalates into a seductive power play. Venus in Fur keeps you on the edge of your seat as you question “who is really in charge here?”.

We’ve selected some Library materials to complement this delightful, saucy story. Continue reading “Seattle Rep’s ‘Venus in Fur’”

Seattle Rep’s ‘A Great Wilderness’

Great Wilderness. credits
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We’re excited about the opening of the Seattle Repertory Theatre‘s production of Samuel D. Hunter’s A Great Wilderness, this Friday! Expect to be touched by this story that explores issues of faith, aging, family dynamics and homosexuality. At the edge of forced retirement, and on the cusp of dementia, a man who has devoted his life to counseling teenage boys out of their homosexuality has decided to take on one last client. But when tragedy strikes and his life and mind begin to unravel, he is forced to confront some demons of his own. The show runs Jan 17 to Feb 16.

We’ve selected a few books and a film to complement this insightful, moving story.

God Says No by James HannahamGod Says No by James Hannaham
African-American Christian Gary Gray goes from marrying a woman to sleeping with men to trying to pray-the-gay-away in this novel about the shame and guilt that many are taught to associate with their sexuality.



Stories for Boys by Gregory Martin in Library catalogStories for Boys by Gregory Martin
Martin’s memoir delves into his childhood and present life as a parent as he struggles with the discovery that his father had been carrying on secret affairs with men for decades. The Seattle Reads 2013 selection.



The Folded Leaf by Maxwell in Library catalogThe Folded Leaf by William Maxwell
This novel has been lauded as a gay coming-of-age story in which the lopsided friendship between two boys, Lymie and Spud, drives one of them to attempt suicide.



Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by WintersonWhy Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
by Jeanette Winterson
An abused, adopted child, Winterson candidly relates her loveless early days, her coming-of-age, difficulties in love and the search for her birth mother that set her on the path to emotional recovery.
Here’s our complete list for Seattle Rep’s A GREAT WILDERNESS: Beyond the Theatre

Enjoy the show!