Book-It Repertory Theatre’s 2015-16 mainstage season mixes popular past productions with newly dramatized works of literature.
A two-part dramatization of an Oregon-bred author’s opus, an evening of Raymond Carver stories and a reprise of a staged Jane Austen novel will be mounted in the 2015-16 mainstage season of Book-It Repertory Company.
Continuing to mingle popular past productions with newly dramatized works of literature, the Seattle theater group will close its next season with a new two-part adaptation of Oregon native David James Duncan’s “The Brothers K,” about a clan in the Washington mill town of Camas. The sprawling novel was described by The New York Times as a “wildly excessive, flamboyantly sentimental, tear-jerking, thigh-slapping homage to Dostoevsky and Tolstoy — and the game of baseball.”
“The Brothers K” will be adapted and staged by co-artistic director Myra Platt and presented in 2016 in two full-length parts. Part One will run Feb. 16-March 13, and Part Two is slated for April 27-May 8. Afterward, both parts will play in alternation through May 22, 2016. (Duncan’s novel “The River Why,” a coming-of-age story about a young fly-fishing enthusiast, was presented by Book-It in 2010.)
The 2015-16 season will open with a revised version of “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” based on the incisive short tales of love and angst from Raymond Carver’s influential story collection of the same title. Book-It staged an early version of the show in its 1998-99 season. An Oregon native, Carver grew up in Yakima, spent the last part of his life in Port Angelesand often located his stories in the Pacific Northwest. The production, directed by Jane Jones, will run Sept. 22-Oct. 18, 2015.
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Also on the schedule is a revival of “Emma,” one of Book-It’s popular adaptations (by Rachel Atkins) of Jane Austen’s novels. It was debuted by the company in 2009 and is set to play Dec. 2, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016.
Book-It also announced its school touring shows for next season: a bilingual version of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “The Secret Garden”; “A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin” by Jen Bryant; and “Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures” by Kate DiCamillo.
More information: book-it.org.