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by Jess Walter

Adapted & Directed by Myra Platt

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The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter Adapted and Directed by Myra Platt

cast Kevin Bordi † Treavor Boykin † Shannon Campbell † Adam Canne † Trick Danneker Spike Huntington Pankaj “J” K Jha † Jennifer Sue Johnson* Keaton Kowal / Leo Schuehle Cobey Mandarino* Mike Mathieu Ben D. McFadden Todd Jefferson Moore* Betsy Schwartz* Richard Nguyen Sloniker Jack Taylor Evan Whitfield Lindsay A. Beacham* Anneka Kielman

Chet / Ensemble Larry / Gilbert / Ensemble Bea / Ensemble Chulo / Ensemble Jamie Monte Rahjiv / Ensemble Lisa Prior Franklin Lt. Reese / Richard / Ensemble Chuck / Thomas / Ensemble Randy / Skeet / Ensemble Jerry / Earl Ruscom / Ensemble Dani / Ms. Bishop / Amber / Mom / Ensemble Dave / Ike / Ensemble Teddy Matt Prior Stage Manager Assistant Stage Manager

Artistic Team Andrea Bryn Bush Marnie Cumings Peter Donnelly Matt Starritt Tom Dewey Anders Bolang

Scenic Designer Lighting Designer Costume Designer Sound Designer Fight Choreographer Production Manager

* Member Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States † Book-It Acting Intern

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& adapter Poets have to dream, and dreaming in America is no cinch. – Saul Bellow (the lead off quote in Walter’s novel)

When I read this book I laughed out loud. At night, a time when I’m usually too tired to read. And when you read a book that makes you laugh out loud, speak the poetry to hear its lyricism, grunt with frustration over the main character’s stupid choices, yet chuckle with shocking recognition over things that hit too close to home, and then finally, lay it down gently with a heart that is so full of hurt and yet oddly, simultaneously hopeful… well, then you have to contact the author and ask permission to adapt it for Book-It. It is no cinch to sum up this novel. It is packed with American life flying by so fast our only hope is to grab a piece of it and invest in a single moment that might make sense. Jess Walter wanted to write a book that would “get at America” during the country’s economic crisis, the loss of jobs, the housing collapse, the death of newspapers. In Walter’s own words, his book is about “our consumer culture that lays in the overpriced, snack-filled aisles of a convenience store… and [the fact that] my old profession, journalism, was dying and it broke my heart... And pot. And marriage. And children. And parents. And unraveling. And life, as it often feels, a few degrees too precarious, too sweet, just as it felt in that summer, fall and winter of 2008.” 2008. Only five years ago, and yet in rehearsal we realized that it was such a different time. Ben Cameron of the Doris Duke Charitable Trust spoke about the year 2008 at the recent ArtsFund luncheon in May referencing the fact that “John McCain and Barack Obama were locked in a dead heat in the polls, the iPhone was less than one year old and not a single state had approved gay marriage. The best-selling app was Koi Pond, MySpace users outnumbered those on Facebook by 3:1 and the Dow Jones Average was at the highest point it would reach for the next five years. And then the bottom fell out.” In adapting the novel, I sought to preserve the multilayered issues that swirl around Matt Prior: the lost poet-boystriving-to-be-a-responsible-businessman (because in America,

Myra Platt and Stage Manager Lindsay Beacham

Myra Platt with the cast during rehearsal; photo by Shannon Erickson. businessmen make money, and making a lot of money means you are a better provider, a better husband, a better father, and can prove yourself in the eyes of your father as a good son). At what cost do we chase success? Balancing what we think we can accomplish versus not wanting to work ourselves to death, is like a DVD that is forever out of sync. You get stuck, you press fast forward, but then you pass where you wanted to be, and you look back longingly at the younger, carefree you, so you try and rewind. How often do we ask ourselves, “how did I get here?” And when everything hangs in the balance, teetering on the verge of going downhill, how quickly do we remember what really matters, and that the only thing we really need is… (fill in the blank thoughtfully, simply ) and that—whatever ‘that’ is—is truly okay.

Myra Platt Adapter & Director

Author Jess Walter; photo by Hannah Assouline.

Excerpt from “This is Sort of How This Book Came About” by Jess Walter

traumatic stress disorder, some collective break from reality. So Brian Remy, the protagonist, suffers gaps in his consciousness, in his broken experience of life. It’s really an investigation of our own lurching grief, our misguided sense of vengeance, and those things we clung to for phony salvation – a kind of consumer nationalism, a shallow, elementary-school patriotism, the promise of wealth that came with the housing bubble. These were insane responses to an utterly insane act, and they are what ultimately exist in the gaps of Remy’s understanding. In this way, Remy is an allegorical figure, meant to stand in for all of us: his disorientation is our disorientation, his mangled grief is our mangled grief, his culpability is our culpability. Unlike, say, Kafka’s characters, who are tested and tormented by absurdly inhuman bureaucracies, we were tormented and made superficial by ourselves, by the truthdefying culture we’ve created, by our own surreal mythologizing.” There was a pause on the other end of the phone as the weight of what I’d said sunk in. “Huh,” She said finally. “Yes. I’m afraid I didn’t get a word of that either.”

Sometime in 2007, I was reveling in self-importance from the warm critical response to my last novel, The Zero, when my phone rang. I answered it. The voice on the other end was a crisp, elderly female.


“Is this Jess Walter?

“But I have a theory”


“Yeah, what’s your theory?”

“The writer?”

“I believe your book is about 7-Eleven.”

“Uh, yes.”

Now there was a pause on my end of the phone. “Do you mean 9/11?”

“Hello. I’m eighty six years old and my book club is reading your novel, The Zero, and I have to tell you, I don’t understand a word of it.” “Oh. Uh…I’m sorry about that.” “It makes you wonder what kind of crap they’re giving prizes to these days.” “Oh no…it…didn’t actually win the National Book Award. It was just a finalist.” “Well, Thank goodness for that.” “Yes. Thank goodness.” “You seem like such a pleasant young man. Why would you write something like that? “I’m not sure what to tell you, ma’am. I know it can be a difficult book, but for a lot of readers, it’s their favorite of mine. You know, the Washington Post called it—“ She interrupted me. “What am I supposed to say at my book club? “Ah, well, I suppose you can tell them I was trying to capture our fractured sense of reality after the terrorist attacks in New York. I felt as if, culturally, we were suffering some sort of national post-

about the author

Now we were both quiet.

“What did I say?” “You said 7-Eleven…which is a convenience store. 9/11 was the date of the terrorist attacks.” “Oh yes, I meant that one. The nine. Yes, thank you.” “Well…uh…then, yeah. That is…what the book’s about. 9/11. You know, that and the crap I said about Kafka and mythologizing. You know, and some other stuff.” “Excellent, then that’s what I’ll say at my book club meeting. 9/11. Yes, let me just write that in the margins. Thank you so much, young man. You’ve been most generous. And please tell me: which of your books would I like?” There was another pause on my end of the phone. “Gosh, I don’t know.” We said goodbye. I hung up the phone. I stared out the window. And I thought, maybe she’s right. Maybe I should write a book about 7-Eleven.

A former National Book Award finalist and winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Jess Walter is the author of six novels and one nonfiction book. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages and his essays, short fiction, criticism and journalism have been widely published in Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harper’s, Esquire, McSweeney’s, Byliner, Playboy, ESPN the Magazine, Details and many others. Walter lives with his wife, Anne, and children, Brooklyn, Ava, and Alec in his childhood home of Spokane, Washington. Bio from

The Poetry Business

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A Reasonable Afflic tion by Matthew Prior

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Kevin Bordi †

Chet / Ensemble Kevin is elated to make his Book-It debut. He recently played Dull in Love’s Labour’s Lost at Seattle Shakespeare Company. Last summer he played Valentine in the touring production of Twelfth Night with Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Wooden O Theatre. Previous roles include Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Actor’s Basement and Galen Gray in Anatomy of Gray and Macduff in Macbeth at Santa Rosa Junior College’s Burbank Theater. He has directed many shows at Narrow Way Stage such as Noises Off and We Bombed in New Haven. He is the voice of Donner the Reindeer in the children’s short film Santalicious. He received his BFA from Cornish College of the Arts.

Treavor Boykin † Larry / Gilbert / Ensemble

Treavor is pleased to be appearing in The Financial Lives of the Poets. He is a recent graduate of Cornish Cornish College of the Arts where he received a BFA in theatre. His favorite roles at Cornish include Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Bennett in Punk Rock and Greed Monkey/Otter in The Ash Girl.

Shannon Campbell † Bea / Ensemble Shannon is excited to make her debut at Book-It. Previous roles include Katya in The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls at Washington Ensemble Theatre, the title role in An Inconvenient Squirrel at Theater Schmeater, Hot Box Girl in Guys and Dolls and Sally Bowles in Cabaret at Seattle Musical Theatre, and Helen in Bye Bye Birdie at Village Theatre. College roles include Anna in Burn This, Sid in For the World is Hollow, Witch/Ross/Gentlewoman in Macbeth, Linda in Rough Magic, Adriana in The Comedy of Errors, Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, Curley’s Wife in Of Mice and Men, Angellica in The Rover, multiple roles in It’s Not in the P.I., and Lucy in John Lennon’s Gargoyle.

Adam Canne †

Chulo / Ensemble

Adam is honored to make his professional debut in Seattle with Book-It. A rising senior at Cornish College of the Arts, he also appeared recently as Simonides in Pericles and Rake in Balm in Gilead.

Trick Danneker


Trick last appeared at Book-It as Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations. Other credits include Eurydice at ACT Theatre; Speech & Debate and The Great Gatsby at Seattle Rep; Pharaoh Serket …, The Green Sheep, Bluenose, and The Big Friendly Giant at Seattle Children’s Theatre; Back, Back, Back, The 13th of Paris, The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, “Master Harold”… and the Boys, Stop Kiss, and The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow at Seattle Public Theater; A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Pygmalion at Seattle Shakespeare Company; as well as performances with 14/48, Theater Schmeater, Balagan, ArtsWest, Harlequin Productions, and Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Wooden O Theatre. Trick received his Bachelor’s in theatre performance from Minnesota State University, Mankato and is a graduate of the Seattle Children’s Theatre Drama School Intern and Apprentice Programs.

Spike Huntington Monte

Spike is excited to be working with Book-It. As an actor and an artist, he is inspired by the work of Jim Henson and Joss Whedon. Spike is a former student of Cornish College of the Arts; this is his professional debut.

Pankaj “J” K JHA †

Rahjiv / Ensemble

J is a second-year PATP student in the School of Drama at the University of Washington, where his credits include Landscape of the Body, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, and The Illusion. Other credits include Othello and Love’s Labour’s Lost with the Montana Shakespeare

Company; and Tattoo, Monoact–From Global to Gandhi, The Secret World of…, and Superman, Where Art Thou? with India Habitat Centre. J also holds an MBA from the International Management Institute and a Bachelors degree in business. J has been living in the United States since 2011.

Jennifer Sue Johnson* Lisa Prior

Jenny Sue recently played Nora in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s acclaimed production of A Doll’s House. Other recent Seattle productions include In the Next Room at ACT Theatre; Vanities with ACT Theatre and The 5th Avenue Theatre; On the Town at The 5th Avenue Theatre; Das Barbecü, at ACT Theatre; and The Three Musketeers at Seattle Rep. Jenny Sue is a longtime Book-It company member, originating major roles in Broken for You, The House of the Spirits, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Pride and Prejudice, and Ethan Frome. Previous credits at Seattle Shakespeare Company include Macbeth, Othello, Twelfth Night, and The Miser. Her cherished work at Seattle Children’s Theatre includes Adventures with Spot, A Cat in the Hat, Pero, I Was a Rat, The Big Friendly Giant, Into the West, The Book of Ruth, and The Boxcar Children.

Keaton Kowal Franklin

Keaton, a 6th-grade homeschooler, is thrilled to be making his professional theatre debut at Book-It! His adventures in theatre include performing in seven productions at Studio East in Kirkland and taking numerous workshops and classes there. His favorite roles include Johnny Big in ‘Twas the Night, Peter/Ensemble in Godspell, and Ensemble in I Never Saw Another Butterfly. Keaton enjoys reading, piano, computers, creative writing, skiing, and both the visual and performing arts. His favorite poet is Shel Silverstein because “his poems make you think, they’re often really funny, and he can draw too!”

Cobey Mandarino*

Lt. Reese / Richard / Ensemble

This is Cobey’s first Seattle production after having recently

moved from New York City where he was an actor, director, writer, and teacher for over 15 years. He has worked with Roundabout Theatre, Public Theater, Huntington Theatre, and Soho Rep, among others. Cobey was a cast member of the revival of David Rabe’s Streamers, directed by Tony Award nominee Scott Ellis, which earned him and his fellow cast members a top ten pick of 2009 by Charles Isherwood of The New York Times. He has appeared on “Law & Order,” “Saturday Night Live,” and “Six Degrees,” and is currently shooting motion capture for the lead role in an untitled Warner Brothers video game. Cobey holds his MFA in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University.

Mike Mathieu

Chuck / Thomas / Ensemble Mike Mathieu was last seen in 14/48. Last spring he performed his one-man whodunit Purple Heart at Solo Performance Festival Seattle. He writes and performs comedy as one half of The Cody Rivers Show, records music with the band Rank&File, and creates films and plays through his production company Ram Theater.

Todd Jefferson Moore*

Jerry / Earl Ruscom / Ensemble Todd is returning to Book-It where he appeared in A Tale of Two Cities many moons ago. Some other local appearances include The Ramayana at ACT Theatre; Crash, The Edge of Peace, and The Wizard of Oz at Seattle Children’s Theatre; Crime and Punishment, Uncle Vanya, and The Grapes of Wrath at Intiman; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Electra, and The Miser at Seattle Shakespeare Company; and Dancing at Lughnasa, OPUS, and Thom Pain (based on nothing) at Seattle Rep.

Leo Schuehle Franklin

Leo is excited to be appearing in his first show with Book-It Repertory Theatre! His past performances include Miracle on 34th Street and Oliver! with Twelfth Night Productions and Cats with the Hi-Liners. Leo is a fifth grader at the Lakeside School and is also an avid student of improv with the Hi-Liners. In addition to acting, Leo enjoys writing screenplays and playing the bass in his school orchestra.

Ben D. McFadden Randy / Skeet / Ensemble

Ben is flying high with excitement to be back working with Book-It and sharing the stage with so many talented people. His Book-It credits include Johnny in the recent Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant, Young Dr. Larch in the Gregory award-winning production(s) of The Cider House Rules in 2010, and a very creepy cult member in The Highest Tide in 2008. He has worked regionally with Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Balagan Theatre, Greenstage, Theater Schmeater, ArtsWest, and various other readings and projects. Ben is a graduate of Cornish College of the Art’s theatre program and a founding member of The Collision Project, which will produce their inaugural production in the winter of 2014. He is a Seattle native and a member of Team McMartin. * Member Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. † Book-It Intern

Betsy Schwartz* Dani / Ms. Bishop / Amber / Mom / Ensemble

Betsy is delighted to be back at Book-It, where she was last seen as Olga Ivanovna in Romance With Double Bass. She has performed at Intiman, ACT Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Village Theatre, TAG, The Empty Space, Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Wooden O Theatre, and Seattle Children’s Theatre. Betsy is a company member of New Century Theatre Company, where she appeared in Foreclosure, On the Nature of Dust, and Orange Flower Water. She is also a founding member of the upstart crow collective and played Arthur in the 2006 production of King John. Betsy holds an MFA from the Professional Actors Training Program at Southern Methodist University, and a BFA in theatre from the University of New Mexico.

Richard Nguyen Sloniker

Dave / Ike / Ensemble Richard is thrilled to be back at Book-It, where he last appeared as Dan Needham in Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant. He recently appeared in Boeing Boeing at Seattle Rep. He has performed at the Guthrie Theater, ACT Theatre, Intiman, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It, the Northwest Asian American Theatre, SIS Productions, Village Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Azeotrope, a company he co-founded. Richard holds an MFA from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program, is a graduate of the prestigious Guthrie Experience for Actors in Training at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, and has a BS in cellular, molecular, developmental biology. He is married to Serin Ngai, and has a talented daughter, Viola.

Jack Taylor


Jack is in 6th grade at Syre Elementary School. In Seattle, he has been lucky to be a part of Coriolanus with Seattle Shakespeare Company and A Winter’s Tale with Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Wooden O Theatre. A Texas transplant, he played Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol and Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird in Dallas. Jack is an avid fiddle and piano player, and is looking forward to honors classes and orchestra in middle school in the fall. When not on stage or making music, Jack can be found relaxing with his dogs or blogging and film-making with his friends.

Evan Whitfield

Matt Prior

Evan returns to Book-It after playing Stiva in Anna Karenina earlier this season. He was recently seen as Fred in A Christmas Carol at ACT Theatre and has performed on Seattle stages for over a decade with Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Wooden O Theatre, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, and Taproot Theatre Company. Favorite roles include Jeff in Lobby Hero and Walker/Ned in Three Days of Rain, both at Seattle Public Theater, and Eugene Wright in John Longenbaugh’s How to be Cool. He is an award-winning haiku poet.

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myra platt

Adapter / Director / Founding Co-Artistic Director As co-founder, director, adapter, actor, and composer, Myra has helped Book-It produce over 100 world premieres. Her adapting/ directing credits include The River Why, Night Flight, Red Ranger Came Calling, The House of the Spirits, Giant, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Cowboys Are My Weakness, Roman Fever, A Little Cloud, A Telephone Call, and A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Directing credits include Persuasion, Plainsong, Cry, the Beloved Country, and Sweet Thursday. She adapted The Art of Racing in the Rain, co-adapted Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant with Jane Jones, and composed music for Prairie Nocturne, Night Flight (with Joshua Kohl), Red Ranger Came Calling (with Edd Key), The Awakening, Ethan Frome, Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, A Telephone Call, and I Am of Ireland. Her acting credits include Prairie Nocturne, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, The Awakening (West Los Angeles Garland Award), Howards End, and The Cider House Rules, Parts I and II (original production). Myra has performed at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman, New City Theatre, and the Mark Taper Forum. Myra is the recipient with Jane Jones of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Founders Award, the 2010 Women of Influence from Puget Sound Business Journal, and named by Seattle Times an Unsung Hero and Uncommon Genius for their 20-year contribution to life in the Puget Sound region.

Andrea Bryn Bush Scenic Designer

Andrea is thrilled to be designing with Book-It again. Previous works with the company include Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Uncensored, The Art of Racing in the Rain, and The Cider House Rules. Her work has been seen at Seattle Shakespeare Company in the recent production of Love’s Labour’s Lost, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Electra; and Seattle Public Theater in My Wonderful Day and The 13th of Paris; Contemporary Classics; Seattle Musical Theatre; Azeotrope; The 5th Avenue Theatre AMT Touring Company; and Cornish College of the Arts. Andrea was formerly an ensemble member and resident designer at Washington Ensemble Theatre where she designed Titus, Robopop!, and Sextet. Andrea received the 2010 Gregory Award for outstanding scenic design as well as a Seattle Times Footlight Award.

Marnie Cumings

Lindsay A. Beacham*

Marnie is very happy to be back working with Book-It, having designed Anna Karenina earlier this season. Other recent work has included the surrealist opera Les Mamelles de Tirésias with Vespertine Opera, reWilding with Satori Group, Still Life with Iris at Bellevue College, and The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls with Washington Ensemble Theatre. Marnie received her MFA from the University of Washington last June and has been thrilled to be continually designing since.

Lindsay is thrilled to be joining Book-It for The Financial Lives of the Poets. Locally she has worked on Elf: The Musical at The 5th Avenue Theatre; Hedda Gabler and Miracle! at Intiman Theatre Festival; Annie Get Your Gun at Village Theatre; and Or, The New Play Festival, The Notebooks of Leonardo DaVinci, An Ideal Husband, and Seven Guitars at Seattle Rep. Her credits also include San Diego Repertory Theatre, Mo’olelo, Steppenwolf, Lookingglass Theatre, Court Theatre, American Theater Company, Next Theatre Company, Alley Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, Theatre Under The Stars, Old Lyric Repertory Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and the Hippodrome. She is a graduate of the BFA program at the University of Idaho, and the PATP program at Seattle Rep.

Lighting Designer

Peter Donnelly

Costume Designer Peter is thrilled to be designing his first professional show with Book-It. Having graduated from the University of Washington last year, his previous design credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Rough Magic, and a piece for UW’s 2011 MFA Dance Concert.

Matt Starritt Sound Designer

Matt is a freelance sound designer for both theatre and dance, and a writer from Seattle. He is currently the sound design associate at Seattle Repertory Theatre and is a part-time lecturer for the UW’s School of Drama. In Seattle he has designed for Book-It, The Cherdonna and Lou Show, Intiman and the Intiman Theatre Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Waxie Moon, and he was a founding member of the Washington Ensemble Theatre. Nationally, he has designed for Alley Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Cornerstone Theater Company, Illusion Theatre, and South Coast Repertory.

Tom Dewey

Fight Choreographer Tom is honored to join the team of The Financial Lives of the Poets. As an actor and fight choreographer, his work has been seen around the Puget Sound Region. Most recently he played Brad Ellis in Gloucester Blue by Israel Horovitz at Harlequin Productions in Olympia. Favorite roles include Titus Lartius in Coriolanus with Seattle Shakespeare Company, Fisher in Border Songs at Book-It, and Every-MinorCharacter (Who Dies) in GreenStage’s HARD BARD Titus Andronicus. Tom is an actor combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors and a proud graduate of the theatre arts and history programs at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.

Stage Manager

Anneka Kielman

Assistant Stage Manager

Anneka is excited to be working on The Financial Lives of the Poets with Book-It. Her recent productions include Pentecost, Rough Magic, Bat Boy: The Musical, The Tempest, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Two Orphans, and Our Town at the University of Washington. She has also worked on Children of Eden, Black Nativity, Urinetown, Annie Get Your Gun, A Christmas Carol, Shear Madness, Carmen, Tosca, La Bohème, and Oliver! at the Moore Theatre. She is a graduate of the University of Washington.

anders bolang

Production Manager A graduate of Whitman College and the Yale School of Drama, Anders served as production manager for Tacoma Actors Guild, and as technical director for the California Theatre Center and Whitman College. As a carpenter, he has created scenery for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Intiman, and Yale Rep, among others. On stage, Anders has performed at Seattle Shakespeare Company, Baltimore Center Stage, Delaware Theatre Company, Yale Rep, Book-It, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Harlequin Productions, Tacoma Actors Guild, and as a guest artist with the Boston Pops. In New York, he has performed at the Performing Garage, NY Theatre Workshop, and La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club. Anders has appeared on “As the World Turns” and “One Life to Live,” the feature films Police Beat and Helene, and in industrial training films and voice-overs. * Member Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. † Book-It Intern


staff Jane Jones

Founder & Founding Co-Artistic Director Jane is the founder of Book-It and founding co-artistic director of Book-It Repertory Theatre, with Myra Platt. In her 24 years of staging literature, she has performed, adapted, and directed works by such literary giants as Charles Dickens, Eudora Welty, Edith Wharton, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Pam Houston, Raymond Carver, Frank O’Connor, Ernest Hemingway, Colette, Amy Bloom, John Irving, John Steinbeck, Daphne du Maurier, and Jane Austen. A veteran actress of 30 years, she has played leading roles in many of America’s most prominent regional theatres. Most recently, she played the role of Miss Havisham in Book-It’s Great Expectations. Film and TV credits include The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Singles, Homeward Bound, “Twin Peaks,” and Rose Red. She co-directed with Tom Hulce at Seattle Rep, Peter Parnell’s adaptation of John Irving’s The Cider House Rules, which enjoyed successful runs here in Seattle, at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles (Ovation Award, best director) and in New York (Drama Desk Nomination, best director). Jane directed Pride and Prejudice and Twelfth Night at Portland Center Stage which won the 2008 Drammy award for Best Direction and Production. For Book-It, she has directed Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Uncensored, The House of Mirth, The Highest Tide, Travels with Charley, Pride and Prejudice, Howard’s End, In a Shallow Grave, The Awakening, Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant, A Tale of Two Cities, and The Cider House Rules, Parts One and Two, winner of the 2010 and 2011 Gregory Awards for Outstanding Production. In 2008 she, Myra Platt, and Book-It were honored to be named by the Seattle Times among seven Unsung Heroes and Uncommon Genius for their 20-year contribution to life in the Puget Sound region. She is a recipient of the 2009 Women’s University Club of Seattle Brava Award, a 2010 Women of Influence award from Puget Sound Business Journal, and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Founders Grant, and was a finalist for the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s 2012 Zelda Fichandler Award.

charlotte m. tiencken Managing Director

Charlotte is an administrator, director, producer, and educator who has been working in the producing and presenting fields for 28 years. Before moving back to the Seattle area in September 2003, she was general manager at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts. As president of her own consulting firm, Scarlet Productions, she has worked with companies across the

country, including Chitresh Das Dance Company in San Francisco, Ben Munisteri Dance in New York, Seattle Theatre Group, EnJoy Productions in Seattle and Westwind in Oregon among many others. She has taught at Seattle Pacific University, The University of Washington, The Evergreen State College, and the University of Puget Sound. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. for seven years. Charlotte is a member of SDC, the union of stage directors and choreographers and is past president of the Board of Arts Northwest. She has served on the Board of the Pat Graney Dance Company, on granting panels for the Washington State Arts Commission and 4 Culture, and was president of the Board of Theatre Puget Sound. Her most recent directing credits include Eugene Onegin for Vashon Opera, Rashomon for Seattle Pacific University, Fool for Love at Stone Soup Theatre, and On the Verge at Seattle Pacific University. She lives on Vashon Island with her husband, Bill, three cats, and two dogs.

Bobbin Ramsey † Assistant Director

Alex Miller † Dramaturg

Jane Unger Visiting Artist

David Goldstein Visiting Artist

Samantha Cooper Adaptation Assistant

Kristyne Hughes Properties Master

Catherine Cornell Properties Artisan

Linnea Boone Wilson

special thanks to University of Washington UW School of Drama Valerie Curtis-Newton Sarah Nash Gates Anne Stewart Jay McAleer Alex Danilchik Washington Ensemble Theatre Seattle Children’s Theatre Bellevue Youth Theatre

Costume Assistant

Dan Schuy Guest Technical Director

Devon Bright Master Electrician

Carmen Rodriguez Charge Artist

Trevor Cushman Key Electrician / Light Board Operator

Chris Garland Sound Engineer / Sound Board Operator

Megan Mills Wardrobe † Book-It Intern

affiliations actors’ equity association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark. Book-It Repertory Theatre is a proud member of

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Bringing books to life... in eastern washington For 23 years, Book-It has toured a diverse range of stories to schools, libraries, and community venues primarily in the Puget Sound Region. Thanks to a generous gift from Paul G. Allen and Jo Lynn Allen in honor of their mother Faye G. Allen, Book-It has expanded its touring capacity to reach areas on the Olympic Peninsula and east of the Cascade Mountains. This year, we have exceeded our goals by touring to 16 new schools in 6 counties and 14 school districts. The cast of Skippyjon Jones reached an additional 3,600 children that would not have otherwise been exposed to live theatre without this subsidized support!


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“Our community is very isolated and we all bene from the exposure to high quality theatre. We do fitted this option very often and hope we can get acces not have s to low cost, high quality program in the future.” this -Steve McCullough Superin tendent & Principal, Curlew School District & Elemen

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for more information about book-it’s arts & education program, visit or call 206.428.6319

honoring book-it contributors Book-It would like to thank the following for their generous support! LITERARY LEGENDS $75,000+ The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

LITERARY CHAMPIONS $25,000+ ArtsFund • ArtsWA • The Boeing Company • Matthew N. Clapp, Jr. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation • Mary Pigott • Gladys Rubinstein

LITERARY HEROES $10,000+ 4Culture • N. Elizabeth McCaw & Yahn W. Bernier Sonya & Tom Campion • Stellman Keehnel • Lucky Seven Foundation The Norcliffe Foundation • Ann Ramsay-Jenkins The Seattle Foundation • The Shubert Foundation, Inc. Shirley & David Urdal • April J. Williamson • Anonymous (2)

Literary Classics $5,000+

Leadership Circle, cont.

Boeing Gift Matching Program Jeff & Amanda Cain** CenturyLink Foundation City of Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Green Diamond Resource Company Humanities Washington Margaret Kineke & Dennis West** Emily Anthony & David Maymudes The Medtronic Foundation Nordstrom Larry & Michell Pihl Lynne & Nick Reynolds** Garth & Drella Stein** The Ex Anima Fund Richard Weening Mary Ann & Robert Wiley Andrew & Trish Zuccotti**

Deborah Swets** Jim & Kathy Tune U.S. Bancorp Foundation Kris & Mike Villiott** Elizabeth Warman** Lucy Zuccotti**

Leadership Circle $2,500+ Monica Alquist** Karen Brandvick Baker & Ross Baker** Steven Bull & Christiane Pein** Joann Byrd** Tony & Emily Cox George & Carolyn Cox Allan & Nora Davis Myra Platt & Dave Ellis** Expedia, Inc Jamie & Leesha Ford Amy & Thaddeus Hanscom John & Ellen Hill Stuart Frank & Marty Hoiness** Jane Jones & Kevin McKeon** Darcy & Lee MacLaren Mary Metastasio** Microsoft Matching Gifts Program Lynn Murphy** Tom & Cheryl Oliver** Glenna Olson & Conrad Wouters Puget Sound Business Journal David Quicksall & Rachel Glass** Shirley Roberson** John Schaffer Steve Schwartzman & Daniel Karches**

Nobel Award Society $1,000+ Stephen & Salli Bauer Patricia Britton** D. Thompson & Karen Challinor Catherine Clark & Marc Jacques Amy & Matthew Cockburn Bill & Carol Collins Collins Group Davidson & Co. Matching Mark Dexter & Deborah Cowley Julie Edsforth & Jabez Blumenthal Ellen Maxson Expedia Gives Matching Gift Program Firesteed Cellars* Elizabeth & Paul Fleming Peter Godman & Munira Rahemtulla Lucy Helm Jay Hereford & Margaret Winsor Harold & Mary Frances Hill Heather Howard David Thompson & Judith Jesiolowski Clare Kapitan & Keith Schreiber KeyBank Foundation Lea Knight Agastya Kohli Marsha Kremen & Jilly Eddy Ed & Laura Littlefield Lynn Manley & Alexander Lindsey Melissa & Don Manning Donald E. Marcy Holly & Bill Marklyn Anne McDuffie & Tim Wood Sarah Merner & Craig McKibben Susan & Furman Moseley Whitney & Jerry Neufeld-Kaiser Peter & Jane Powell** Jo Ann & Jim Roberts

Nobel Award Society, cont. Matt Sauri Marc & Stacie Scattergood John Schaffer Seattle Center Foundation Martha Sidlo Seattle International Film Festival* Virginia Sly & Richard Wesley B. Richal & Karen Smith Sara Thompson & Richard Gelinas Jared Watson Judith Whetzel Shannon Williams Williams Miller Family Foundation Merrily Wyman & Karen Bryant The Wyman Youth Foundation Anonymous (2)

Pulitzer Award Society $500+ Earl Alexander* All One Family Fund Virginia L. Anderson Ruth Bailey Lindsay & Tony Blackner Bruce Bradburn & Meg Holgate Judy Brandon & H. Randall Webb Diana & Chuck Carey The Carey Family Foundation Steve Miller & Pamela Cowan Amy & Paul Curtis Emily Davis Diane Douglas Jim & Gaylee Duncan Joyce Erickson Stan & Jane Fields The Film School* Jean Godden** Jean Gorecki & Dick Dobyns Laurie Griffith Phyllis Hatfield Jeffrey M. Kadet Pam Kendrick Annie Lareau** Frank Lawler & Ann McCurdy Bill Block & Susan Leavitt Craig Lorch Stephen E. Lovell Ellen & Stephen Lutz Ruth McCormick James & Kaaren McElroy Will Patton & Joni Ostergaard Eleanor Pollnow PopCap Games Matching Fund Anne Repass The Rodman Foundation Pamela & Nate Searle Mary Snapp Linda Snider St. Clouds Food & Spirits* William & Lynette Thomas Molly Thompson & Joe Casalini

honoring book-it contributors Book-It would like to thank the following for their generous support!

Pulitzer Award Society, cont.

National Book Award Society, cont.

Pen/Faulkner Award Circle, cont.

Kerry P. Thompson Robert & Dolores Tindal Judith Tobin & Michael Baker Edward & Genevieve Tremblay Vashon Watersports* Ruth & Jerry Verhoff Jennifer Weis Steve Wilson & Julie Lin David & Sally S. Wright Anonymous (1)

Richard Monroe Charles Montange Marc & Emily Mora Colette Ogle Deborah & Jeff Parsons Cecilia Paul & Harry Reinert Corliss J. Perdaems Gloria Pfeif Charles & Doris Ray Bradley Renner Linden Rhoads Paula Riggert Don & Marty Sands Dr. Robert Saunders & Donna Marie Frank Schumann & Heather Pullen Seattle Repertory Theatre* Seattle Shakespeare Company* Gail & John Sehlhorst** Aime & Mike Servais Craig Shank & Meredith Stelling Michael & Jo Shapiro Marcia & Peter Sill The Standard Employee Giving Campaign Richard & Irene Strand Janice Strand Kimberly & Mike Strand Paul Stucki & Christina Chang LiAnn & Stephen Sundquist Suzanne Suneson* Tammy Talman Taproot Theatre* Terry Tazioli Ten Mercer* The 5th Avenue Theatre* Emory & Laura Thomas Charlotte Tiencken & Bill West** TV Land* Sheila Valencia & Walter Parker Ruth Valine & Edward McNerney Karen & Ron Van Genderen Village Theatre* Colin Wagoner Sandra Waugh Robert & Leora Wheeler Elisabeth White Rachel Wilsey & Sam Bernstein Blake & Cathy Wilson* Janet & Lawrence Wilson WorldWise Jewelry* Anonymous (1)

Jonathan Bridge • Broadway Center For The Performing Arts* • Emily Burns • Billie Butterfield • Barbara Buxbaum • Christine Calderon • Jane Camden • Carri Campbell • Hugh Campbell • Linda & Peter Capell • Michela Carpino & Rick Klingele • Cashmere Mountain Bed & Breakfast* • Kevin & Jocelyn Ceder • Lynne & David Chelimer • Marianna Clark & Charles Schafer • Nancy Cleveland • Harvey Sadis & Harriett Cody • Jane Commet • Eric Helland & Susan Connors • Garry & Kay Crane • Jim Wilder & Margaret Curtin • Melinda Deane & Dan Wheetman • Robin Dearling & Gary Ackerman • Nancy Dirksen • Lynn Dissinger • Doe Bay Resort* • Marcia Donovan • Dan Drais • Lorna Dykes • Sarah L. Easterbrook • Kathleen Edwards • Eight Bells Winery* • Lynne & Hollie Ellis • Marilyn Endriss • Kim & Rob Entrop • Constance L. Euerle • The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies* • Jane Faulkner & Marc Kittner • Deborah & Keith Ferguson • Ellen Ferguson • Laura Ferri • Barbara & Timothy Fielden • Nanette Fok • Jayn & Hugh Foy • Kai Fujita • Laurel Garcia & Shi Kai Wang • Bill Gill • Siobhan Ginnane • Vicki & Gerrie Goddard • Joan & Steve Goldblatt • Dona Golden • Linda Gould • Anke Gray • Pamela Greenwood • Michael Grimm • Nancy & Joseph Guppy • Dr. Rena Hamburger • Faith Hanna • Larry Hanson • Brenda Hartman • Ellen & David Hecht • Rebecca Herzfeld & Gordon Crawford • Barbara Hieronymus • Patricia Highet •* • Terri Hiroshima • Susan & Jim Hogan • David Hogan* • Kate Hokanson • Nancy Holcomb • Lisa Holderman • Mary & Eric Horvitz • Hourglass Footwear* • Karen L. Howard • Melissa Huther • Marcia Johnson • Lorna Jordan • Kris Jorgensen & Margey Rubado • Gil Joynt • David Kasik & Jan Levine • Rebecca Kavoussi • Katherine King • Mary J. Klubben • James Knapp • Shannon & Richard Knipp • Dean W. Koonts • Alan Kristal • Frances J. Kwapil • Larry Lewin • Christine Lewis • Madalene Lickey • Arni Litt & Lori Eickelberg • Cynthia Livak • Mary Frances Lyons • Steve MacDonald* • Joan Machlis • Josie & Doug Manuel • Kate Marks • Elizabeth Mathewson • Elaine Mathies • Jim McClaine • Kathy McCluskey • Deirdre & Jay McCrary • Maggie McDonald • Marcie & John McHale • Margaret Metastasio • Metropolitan Market* • Elaine Mew • Bonnie & Curry Miller • Shyla & Donald Miller • Donna & Robert Parker • George & Marion Mohler • Becky Monk • Terry & Cornelia Moore • Morfey’s Cakes* • Eleanor Moseley • Christine Mosere** • Pam & Don Myers • Kim Namba • David Nash & Pat Graves • Riley Neldam* • Dr. David Kaplan & Dr. Ann Nelson • Donna & Dennis Neuzil

National Book Award Society $250+ ACT Theatre* Richard Adair & Susan Petty Shawn & Lynne Aebi Alderbrook Resort & Spa* Christina Amante Cinnimin Avena The Bayless Family Luther Black & Christina Wright Cheryl Boudreau Gail & Doug Boushey John Bradshaw Elizabeth Braun Adelaide H. Brooks & Robert Pennell Jeff Youngstrom & Becky Brooks Rachel & David Bukey Carol Butterfield Melanie Calderwood Sylvia & Craig Chambers Samantha Cooper** Sandra & Paul Dehmer Dottie Delaney Mary DeLorme & Mark Schleck Yasue Drabble Pamela & Kenneth Eakes Sara Elward Brent & Katie Enarson Liz Fitzhugh & Jim Feldman James & Denise Fortier Cezanne Garcia Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Matching Gifts Program Katharine Godman & Jerry Collum** Laura Hanson Frederic & Karin Harder Nicholas Hart Mark & Carolyn Holtzen HomeStreet Bank Sarah Kohut & Jim Grant Nancie Kosnoff Dr. Eric Rose & Eleni Ledesma Elizabeth Love Dora Mahan Nancy Manula Marcia Mason Jim McDonald Jean McKeon Louise McNerney Jeanne Metzger

Pen/Faulkner Award Circle $100+ Carol Adams • Doug Adams • John Aldaya • Connie Anderson • Amy Arvidson • Michelle Badion* • Maxine Bailey • Jo Ann & Tom Bardeen • Mary Murfin & Doug Bayley • Shawn Baz & Ellen Bezona • Deb & Bill Bigelow • Inez Noble Black • Watson & Jane Blair • Marisa Bocci • Rebecca Bogard • Rhonda Bolton* • Barry Boone & Mary Wilson

Pen/Faulkner Award Circle, cont.

O. Henry Award Circle, cont.

Betty Ngan & Tom Mailhot • Dorothy & Aaron Nicholls • Pam & Scott Nolte • Deanna & Craig Norsen • Northwest Folk Life* • Chris Ohlweiler • Pacific Northwest Ballet* • Jeff & Lauren Packman • Steve Pellegrin & Mary Anne Braund • Sherry Perrault • Ed & Carol Perrin • Cheryl Peterson • Phoenix Theatre* • Paula Pimental • Anne & Lee Pipkin • Mary Poole • PopCap Games* • Susan Porterfield • Racha Noodles & Thai Cuisine* • Diana Rakow • Bruce & Sonia Ransom • Michelle Rebert • Brian & Roberta Reed • Dennis Reichenbach • Sarah Reisenauer • Jane Repensek • Jeannette Reynolds • Karen & Eric Richter • Roberta Roberts • Lawrence & Karen Robins • Marga Rose Hancock • H. Stewart Ross • Ellen Roth • Beth Rutherford** Rebecca Sadinsky • Donna Sand • Kathy Saunders • B. Charlotte Schreiber • Seattle Art Museum* • Seattle Children’s Theatre* • Mark Seklemian • Meredith Lehr & William Severson • Julie Howe & Dennis Shaw • Shellie Slettebak • George & Susan Smith • Diane Snell • Jill Snyder • Starbucks Coffee Company* • Christine Stepherson • Seattle Theatre Group* • Diane & Richard Sugimura • Debra & Mark Szalwinksi • T.S. McHugh’s Irish Pub & Restaurant* • Theresa Tamura • Gail Tanaka • Eric & Cassandra Taylor • Anne Terry • Kristin & Mark Thomas • Cappy Thompson • Tom Douglas Restaurants* • Caren Toney • The Two Tides* • Marcia Utela • Margot & Thomas Washington • Sally & Charles Weems • Kayla Weiner • Jay Weinland & Heather Hawkins • JD Wessling • Eddie Westerman • Gregory Wetzel • Sara White & Robert Jordan • Bill & Paula Whitham** • Jane Wiegenstein • Hope Wiljanen • Lauren Wilson • Richard Wilson & Lloyd Herman • Wright Runstad & Co. • Juliette Yamane • Robert Winsor & Valerie Yockey • Sam Zeiler & Dawn Frankwick • Anonymous (5)

Chandler & Janice Felt • Laura Fischetti • Mary Ellen Flanagan • Carolyn & Rob Fletcher • Deb Fredrikson • Julia Geier & Phil Borges • Elizabeth Gilchrist • Ann Glusker & Peter Hunsberger • Laurie Greig • Scott Guettinger • Corina Hardin • Wier Harmon • Harry’s Daughter Jewelry* • Anne Helmholz • Catherine Hennings • Chris Higashi • Robert Hunter • Susanne Hussong • Alison Inkley • Lawrence Jackson • Malia & Chang Kawaguchi • Vickie Kawakami • Millett & Patricia Keller • Art Kobayashi • Tracy Krauter • Kristi’s Grooming Company* • Fay Krokower • Barb & Art Lachman • Asha & Lillian Lahiri • David & Cynthia Lantry • LeMay - America’s Car Museum* • Dr. Donald & Alice Lewis • Adelaide Loges • Nancy Lomneth & Mark Boyd • Frank Lott • Carol Lumb • Ginny Mason • Charles Mayes • Susan McCloskey • Mecca Café* • John Mettler • Gary Miller • Sara & Paul Mockett • Susan J. Moser • Susan & Harold Mozer • Martha Mukhalian • Museum of Flight* • John Narver • Malinda Newstrom* • Judy & Stephen Niver • Warren Northrop • Ellen Nottingham • Heidi Noun & Michael Collins • Nancy & Stephen Olsen • Martha Oman • On The Boards* • Pat O’Rourke • Helen Ortiz • Timothy O’Sullivan • Katherine Phelps • Carolita Phillips • Laura Ploudre • Portage Restaurant* • Thomas W. Pratt • Andrea Ptak & Aaron Houseknecht • Daniel & Barbara Radin • Samantha Redsell • Nancy Reichley & Timothy Higgins • RN74* • Elizabeth Roberts • T.A. Greenleaf & Rebecca Roe • Ann Rowberg • Patricia Rytkonen & William Karn • Sheila & George K. Saul • Scarecrow Video* • Julie Schoenfeld • Nancy Schroder • Ann Schuh • Seattle Children’s Museum* • Seattle Men’s Chorus* • Earl & Charyl Kay Sedlik • Allen E. Senear • Audrey & John Sheffield • Janna Silverstein • Barbara Spear • Pat T. Starkovich • Julie Stohlman • Anne Stoltz • Street Treats* • Steve Suzuki • Alan & Michele Tesler • Theo Chocolate* • Awnie Thompson • Margey Thoresen • Darcia Tudor • Marcellus Turner • UW World Series* • Deborah VanDerhei • Tom & Kristi Weir • Julie Weisbach • Jean & David White • Margaret Whittemore • Connie & Les Wiletzky • Rob Williamson • Wendy Yoker • Anonymous (4)

O. Henry Award Circle $50+ Amgen Foundation • Elizabeth Amsbary • William G. Anderson • Susan & John Anderson • Jennifer Sue & Russ Banham • Tina Baril & Dafydd D. Rhysjones • Roger Tucker & Becky Barnett • Tom Bartholomew • Maribeth Berberich • Nancy L. Bittner • Audrey Blair • Diane Blake • Brad Borst • Bridge Partners LLC • Melissa & Sean Bruce • Tisha Cain • Pamela Cain* • Cory Carlson • Carl Chew • Deborah Christensen • Catherine Clemens • Combined Federal Campaign • Robert & Mary Cooper • Carol Crosby • Reidun Crowley • Nancy Cushwa • Stephanie Czerwonka • Deborah Daoust • Marilyn & Don Davidson • Sherri Del Bene • Downtown Dog Lounge* • Virginia & Richard J. Dunn • Nancy Ellingham • Margot & Dave Elsner • Daisy & Joel Emans • Shannon Erickson** • Dr. EM Faustman

Gifts in Honor & memory Beth Amsbary & Lisa Dart-Nakon in Honor of Rachel Alquist Nancy L. Celms, Kate C. Hemer, Connie Hungate, and Margaret M. Marshall in Memory of William Rees Phillips Jeanne Metzger in Honor of Joann Byrd Corliss Perdaems in Memory of Judy Runstad’s father, Gerry Wright Manville Barbara Rollinger in Memory of Stephanie Prince’s mother, Mildred Prince Sonja M. Coffman in Memory of Helen Robinson Linda Snider in Memory of mother, Pearl R. Snider Kinza Schuyler in Memory of mother, Jeanette P. Weber *denotes in-kind donation **denotes in-kind plus monetary support This list reflects gifts received March 1, 2012 – May 14, 2013. Book-It makes every attempt to be accurate with our acknowledgements. Please email with any changes that may be required.

Our mission is to transform great literature into great theatre through simple and sensitive production and to inspire our audiences to read. 2010 Mayor’s Arts Award-winner and recipient of the 2012 Governor’s Arts Award, Book-It Repertory Theatre was founded 23 years ago as an artists’ collective, adapting short stories for performance and touring them throughout the Northwest. Today, with over 90 world-premiere adaptations of literature to its credit—many of which have garnered rave reviews and gone on to subsequent productions all over the country—Book-It is widely respected for the consistent artistic excellence of its work.

board of directors Steven Bull, President

Mary Metastasio

Joann Byrd, Vice President

Lynn Murphy

Kristine Villiott, Treasurer

Myra Platt

Thomas Oliver, Secretary

David Quicksall

Monica Alquist

Lynne Reynolds

Ross Baker

Shirley Roberson

Karen Brandvick-Baker

Steven Schwartzman

Amanda Cain

Deborah Swets

Stuart Frank

Elizabeth J. Warman

Jane Jones

Lucy Flynn Zuccotti

Architect, Workshop for Architecture + Design Journalist & Editor, Retired CPA, Minar and Northey LLP Educator

Dir. of Events & Special Projects, Puget Sound Business Journal Public Policy Director, Virginia Mason Medical Center Marketing & Corporate Communications, HomeStreet Bank Librarian, American Philanthropic, LLC Project Manager, Partner Capability Development, Starbucks Founder & Founding Co-Artistic Director, Book-It

Senior Portfolio Manager, Safeco, Retired Realtor, Windermere Real Estate Co. Founding Co-Artistic Director, Book-It Independent Theatre Artist & Teacher I.T. Consultant, Covestic, Inc. Senior Associate, Hughes Media Law Group Attorney, U.S. Postal Service, Western Area Law Department V.P. for Membership, Washington State Hospital Assocation Dir. Global Corporate Citizenship, NW Region, The Boeing Co. Project Archaeologist, Cardno ENTRIX

Margaret Kineke

Senior V.P., D.A. Davidson & Co.

book-it staff & interns Jane Jones, Founder & Founding Co-Artistic Director Myra Platt, Founding Co-Artistic Director Charlotte M. Tiencken, Managing Director Josh Aaseng, Literary Manager Rachel Alquist, Box Office Manager Michelle Berweiler & Courtney Meaker, House Manager Anders Bolang, Production Manager Patricia Britton, Director of Marketing & Communications Amanda Cain, Grants Associate Samantha Cooper, Development Associate Tom Dewey, Lead Box Office Associate, Group Sales Shannon Erickson, Publications & Media Manager Jocelyne Fowler, Costume Shop Manager Emily Grogan & Jennifer Sue Johnson, Casting Associates Annie Lareau, Director of Touring & Outreach Katie McKellar, Tour Manager Christine Mosere, Director of Development


Natasha Ransom, Education Associate Gail Sehlhorst, Director of Education Victoria Thompson, Production Stage Manager Robert Thornburgh, Custodian Charles W. West, Legal Consultant Bill Whitham, Bookkeeper Box Office Associates: Phoebe Keleman, Lauren Krumm, Amanda Ooten, & Hannah Schirman Volunteer Opening Night Party Coordinators: Linda Davis & Carol Phillippi Production Photographer: Alan Alabastro Special Project Videographer: Bobbin Ramsey IT Support: Tom Wahl

2012-13 interns Artistic Interns: Alex Miller & Allison Dunmore Education Interns: Georgina Cohen & Amberlee Williams Education / Costume Intern: Megan Mills Production Intern: Bobbin Ramsey

Center Theatre, Seattle Center 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109

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The Financial Lives of the Poets  

The program for Book-It Repertory Theatre's 2013 production of The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter.