Seattle Rep’s MAC BETH: Beyond the Theatre

Seattle Repertory Theatre presents MAC BETH, adapted from Shakespeare’s play and directed by Erica Schmidt, from May 18 to June 17, 2018. Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this list of books, music and films to enhance your experience of the show.

In MAC BETH, playwright/director Erica Schmidt reimagines Shakespeare’s classic tale of intrigue and poisonous ambition with an all-female cast, as seven young women gather after school to retell the story of Macbeth. Here are a few other books that reframe the story with a focus on female characters and perspectives. Continue reading “Seattle Rep’s MAC BETH: Beyond the Theatre”

Seattle Rep’s ‘All the Way’ and the legacy of Lyndon Baines Johnson

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by Andrea
In 1963, John F. Kennedy was assassinated and Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson was launched into the presidency. In his Tony Award winner for Best Play, playwright Robert Schenkkan dramatizes Johnson’s first year in office. Creating a vivid portrait of a brilliant politician and flawed man, All the Way brings to life Johnson’s passionate engagement with Civil Rights legislation, and hints at the looming complications of the Vietnam War. Continue reading “Seattle Rep’s ‘All the Way’ and the legacy of Lyndon Baines Johnson”

Seattle Rep’s ‘A Great Wilderness’

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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!