Little Bee Program

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#seaarts feminism

Last month the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture sponsored a Twitter conversation entitled “Feminism + Arts in Seattle.” It was a lively conversation and sparked much interest in the topic both during that forum and since then. It spawned a Facebook page and further conversation on Twitter (#SeaArtsFeminism), and is one part of an ongoing national dialogue about feminism in the arts. Feminism and the role of women in all fields is a topic that should be central to our society, and The Office of Arts and Culture is to be congratulated for getting the ball rolling on the issue of feminism in the arts in our area. This topic also sparked many conversations in our offices. We began thinking about how Book-It represents women, and the role of women in the work we do on stage. That led to some number crunching as you see in the statistics below. Although we pat ourselves on the back because the vast majority of Book-It shows are directed by women and a majority of our adapters are women, we pause to reflect on the lower percentage of female

authors presented on our stage. Why is the percentage of women authors lower than the other statistics? Some suggested it is because we present many classics from the 19th and 20th centuries, an era when writing was dominated by men; some said it was only coincidence; some said it was a reflection of the publishing industry’s inherent bias. Regardless of whether any of these factors is true—it has made us stop, reflect, and get more thoughtful about presenting work from all viewpoints and perspectives. “The story of women’s stuggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” GLORIA STEINEM

Why does it matter that women are given opportunities as directors, adapters and authors? Is it an issue of equity and fairness? I have been following Melinda Gates’ posts on these topics and the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation addressing worldwide issues of gender equality and empowerment for women, and she makes an important point about why having women in leadership roles is essential—girls and young women need role models of women leading


the way in key positions making a difference in society. Book-It Repertory Theatre has been blazing the trail with two women leading the organization for the last quarter century. Jane Jones and Myra Platt have mentored countless women and been role models of how to succeed in the arts in our community and beyond. Over the years, Book-It has provided women opportunities to build their résumés and hone their skills as writers and adapters, directors, designers, actors, stage managers, and arts administrators to go on to careers locally, regionally, and nationally. The success of this organization has been driven by women in leadership roles at every level. (In fact, I’m also trail-blazing as the first male managing director in Book-It’s history.) We cannot answer the question of how to create more opportunities for women or how to remove the barriers to success for women in the performing arts. What we can do is to raise issues, question our own assumptions, and welcome dialogue as we move this topic forward. We appreciate everyone who has participated in the #seaartsfeminism conversation started by the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture—please join us! Welcome to Book-It.

Daniel Mayer Managing Director

Gender breakdown of 107 stories and novels produced by Book-It from 1993 to 2015

Book-It has hired 26 directors: 15 women, 11 men 33 adapters: 15 women, 18 men

and adapted the work of 75 authors: 27 women, 48 men

WHAT DO YOU THINK? TWEET US. @book_it #seaartsfeminism


2015-16 SEASON

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by RAYMOND CARVER An evening of stories adapted from the 1981 collection by Northwest native Raymond Carver.

Emma by JANE AUSTEN Book-It brings back the Jane Austen classic in time for the 200th anniversary of its publication.

The Brothers K by DAVID JAMES DUNCAN From the celebrated author of The River Why: an uplifting novel spanning decades of loyalty, anger, regret, and love in the lives of the Chance family. —Presented in two full-length parts—



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LITTLE BEE by Chris Cleave Adapted and directed by Myra Platt

cast Sydney Andrews* Kourtney Connor† Elena Flory-Barnes Jonah Kowal Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako Meiko Parton Michael Patten* Eric Riedmann* Jason Sanford Zenaida Smith Kaila Towers William E. Cruttenden III* Xandria Nirvana Barber

Sarah Ensemble Yevette / Hunter / Ensemble Charlie Little Bee Leader / Ensemble Lawrence / Ensemble Andrew / Ensemble Nigerian Guard / Ensemble No Name / Ensemble Nkiruka / Ensemble Stage Manager Assistant Stage Manager

Artistic Team Will Abrahamse Andrew D. Smith Christine Meyers Evan Mosher Harry Todd Jamieson Anthea Carns Gin Hammond Tom Dewey

Scenic Designer Lighting Designer Costume Designer Sound Designer Assistant Sound Designer Dramaturg Dialect Coach Fight Choreographer

Setting: London and Nigeria, 2007 * Member Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States † Book-It Acting Intern

season support Lucky Seven Foundation media sponsorS

Additional generous support is provided by individuals and by The Ex Anima Fund, The Williams Miller Family Foundation, and Spark Charitable Foundation. Many thanks to all our supporters!

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Beyond the Book

Where The Center Theatre lobby Admission Free and open to the public

APRIL 29, 6:30PM

Hear from Anya Gedrath Smith from the International Rescue Committee, which provides resources to refugees.

MAY 3, 4:30PM

Learn more about the important legal work being done by the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

MAY 6, 6:30PM

Listen to a representative from the Refugee Women’s Alliance speak about the work they do with immigrant women in Washington.

MAY 10, 4:30PM

Maggie Cheng from the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project will speak about her legal work with asylumseekers.

Speakers subject to change.

For more information BOOK-IT.ORG/LITTLEBEE


Join Book-It as we discuss issues of immigration and asylum-seeking and how they resonate with us in Seattle.

My Heart’s pounding When I first read this page-turner, my I wanted to investigate this story, with its heart was pounding. I attributed that to unique double narrative, precisely because compelling storytelling, the need to know of how Little Bee and Sarah navigate their what happens next. But I became aware way past their fear on a planet that seems to of the same sensation while I worked on reward fearmongering and male dominance. the adaptation and again while working These women possess a naturally strong with the actors in rehearsal. Even though I capacity to turn atrocity into beauty and help knew what happened, us see how empowering my heart would thump. women across the globe What causes our hearts can lead to peace. SShhhh... to pound? Excitement. The broader story of “We don’t want to tell you too Nervousness. Fear. immigration, refugees Elation. Pinpointing much about this book. It is a truly and asylum seekers is those moments in the huge and complicated. special story and we don’t want story and figuring out to spoil it... Once you have read it, The statistics are mindhow to effectively bring numbing regarding the you’ll want to tell everyone about them to life on stage was numbers of men, women it. When you do, please don’t tell no simple task. and children who are them what happens either. The A flurry of questions caught seeking a safe life, magic is in how it unfolds.” arose during our rehearsal and then are essentially process regarding our arrested, treated like BOOK JACKET BLURB FOR responsibility as global criminals and deported LITTLE BEE (THE OTHER HAND) citizens: How far would to the place from which we go to help someone they were seeking refuge. not of our culture? Whose lives have value? This is not an easy story to tell. But we Who are we to tell someone they do not are so lucky that Little Bee helps tell it. Her belong? We spent time exploring how we voice inspires with its strength and resolve. balance our compassion with self-protection, Her innate sense of humor and candor is our pragmatism with our idealism—how we winsome. It turns out my heart’s pounding rationalize our selfishness and excuse our is my profound gratitude to be here doing ignorance and our naiveté. Chris Cleave refers what I love to do: telling an important to the “mutual incomprehension” between story and sharing it with as many people as developing and developed countries. Little possible, in the hope that together we can Bee seeks a common language and earns her make a difference in our developing world. right to a safe, joyful life; Sarah feels guilt Myra Platt and responsibility for how to make things Adapter & Director right.



Get Involved Chris Cleave speaks after the 2011 Seattle Public Library reading of Little Bee.

FRom page to stage In 2011, when Little Bee was chosen as the Seattle Reads novel by the Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library, Book-It had the pleasure of meeting Chris Cleave. SPL’s Chris Higashi hired Book-It to adapt and perform a portion of Little Bee for a series of readings to tour Seattle libraries. The culminating performance at the central library was followed by a Q&A with the author.

These are always terrifying events for both the performing artists and the author. Both sides hold their breaths and whisper to themselves “I hope I/they like it.” Luckily, Chris Cleave did like it and we are so honored that we were granted permission to do a fully realized stage adaptation in our 25th anniversary season.

NORTHWEST IMMIGRANT RIGHTS PROJECT A nationally recognized legal services organization based in Washington State that provides direct legal assistance in immigration matters to over 10,000 low-income people from over 150 countries each year. u


Chris Cleave was born in London in 1973, but spent his childhood up to the age of eight in Cameroon. In university he studied Experimental Psychology at Balliol College, Oxford. His debut novel, Incendiary, won a 2006 Somerset Maugham Award, was shortlisted for the 2006 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and is now a feature film. He credits a “chance encounter” with the immigration detention system—a few days working as a laborer in the canteen of Campsfield House—as part of the inspiration for his second novel, Little Bee. Little Bee, originally published as The Other Hand in the UK, is an international bestseller with over 2 million copies in print and a film adaptation in development. He lives in London with his wife and three children. S EAT T LE P U B L I C LI B R A R Y

These organizations make a difference in immigrant lives here in Washington and around the world.

NOVELS BY CHRIS CLEAVE Incendiary 2005 Little Bee (The Other Hand) 2008

Gold 2012

Every year, the IRC resettles thousands of refugees in 22 U.S. cities and their teams provide health care, infrastructure, learning, and economic support to people in 40 countries, with special programs designed for women and children. u

REFUGEE WOMEN’S ALLIANCE With a mission to help immigrant women and their families to thrive, ReWA serves as a home-base for Washington State’s immigrant and refugee communities. Holistic services are offered in more than 50 languages and dialects. u

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During the run of Little Bee, Book-It is collecting donations for these groups. Make your gift in the lobby on your way out!


Nigeria is big. It’s the seventh most populous country in the world, with more than 174 million citizens. It has the largest economy in Africa, bypassing South Africa in 2014. And it’s among the top 15 oilproducing countries in the world, producing 2.44 million barrels of oil per day at the industry’s peak. Crude petroleum makes up 72% of Nigeria’s export earnings, with natural gas and refined petroleum making up another 19%. The largest oil reserves are under the Niger Delta, on the southern coast of the country. Developers, led by ShellBritish Petroleum, discovered oil in the Delta in the ’50s, shortly before Nigeria gained its independence from Britain. Oil production in Nigeria has continued to this day in spite of a civil war, multiple military coups, and worsening conflict in the Delta region itself. The causes of conflict in the Delta are many, complicated, and interconnected: ethnic conflict plays a part, as does poverty, as does governmental corruption, as does corporate corruption. Though oil production serves as the linchpin of Nigeria’s national economy, those economic benefits are rarely seen by the people who live in the Delta states, in and around the guts of the oil industry.

In the Delta, oil spills and gas flaring (burning off usable associated natural gas) are common. As is petroleum theft, illegal refining, and violent and non-violent protests against the oil industry and its infrastructure. These security concerns led to Shell allegedly hiring local gangs and militants on security contracts, and then turning a blind eye to the resulting violence between gangs, the military, and civilians. In more recent years, the international community’s gaze has been on the northeast of Nigeria, home of the terrorist group Boko Haram. In April 2014, Boko Haram militants kidnapped 276 schoolgirls, most of whom have not been released nor escaped. Though Boko Haram and the Niger Delta conflict are separate crises, the corruption and frequent instability of the Nigerian government have been a major factor in dealing with both groups. The recent presidential election on March 31, 2015, and the prospect of a peaceful transfer of power from President Goodluck Jonathan to President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari, have raised hopes that the new president will be able to bring some measure of stability to the country. It’s a common mistake in the West to think of scams and horrors first when we think of Nigeria, like emails from Nigerian princes, or 2014’s #BringBackOurGirls. But Nigeria is far more than its saddest stories. The country boasts a prolific film industry, a vibrant fashion week, internationally acclaimed authors and musicians, and is poised to become one of the next global economic powers. Thinking of it as a faraway country of conflict with little bearing on our lives perpetuates the imaginary divide between us and them, here and there, concrete jungle and Darkest Africa.

Hotlines If you need help with citizenship, asylum, domestic violence, or other immigration issues in Western Washington, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project can be reached at 1-800-445-5771, M-F 9:30-4.

If you or someone you know need help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799 SAFE


If the asylum seeker claims asylum at the US border, they will have around a week to prepare to see an immigration judge. If the asylum seeker does not claim asylum at the border, they must apply for asylum within a year of entering the country.

Asylum seekers must claim asylum “as soon as possible—Your application is more likely to be denied if you wait.”

Because immigration is considered a civil issue, asylum seekers do not have a right to state-appointed counsel; they must acquire representation on their own or represent themselves.

Asylum seekers may be eligible for legal aid from the U.K. government. On appeal, asylum seekers are only entitled to publicly funded legal representation to pursue their appeal if it has a 50 per cent or more chance of success.

If their asylum claim is rejected, an asylum seeker can appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals, then to a federal circuit court, then to the U.S. Supreme Court. If they are unable to file an appeal or if their appeal is rejected, they will be deported as soon as possible.

If their asylum claim is refused, an asylum seeker can appeal to the First Tier Tribunal. If they are unable to file an appeal or if their appeal is rejected, they will be deported as soon as possible.

If their asylum claim is granted, an asylum seeker may apply for lawful permanent residence after one year.

If their asylum claim is granted, an asylum seeker is granted Refugee Status and may apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the U.K. after five years.

Undocumented immigrants, including asylum seekers who have not been granted asylum, can be detained in immigration detention centers for multiple reasons including “crimes involving moral turpitude” which do not carry prison sentences for U.S. citizens.

Undocumented immigrants, including asylum seekers, can be detained when they are apprehended at the border, or if they are apprehended in public without papers.

Unaccompanied minors are to be handed over to the Department of Health and Human Services; in practice unaccompanied minors are often deported without getting access to asylum proceedings and legal assistance.

Unaccompanied minors are often granted discretionary leave to stay in the U.K., but in more recent years the U.K. and the EU have begun implementing policies to deport unaccompanied minors.






Read that criteria here


Asylum seeker must prove they meet the criteria laid out in the United Nations Convention by submitting evidence.




When I was a teenager in the 1980s, we thought of asylum seekers as heroes. The hundreds who died while trying to cross the Berlin Wall, for example... Or the heroes of previous generations—Sigmund Freud, who fled to London to escape the Nazis, or Anne Frank, who could not flee far enough. Albert Einstein, Karl Marx, Joseph Conrad—all of them refugees—I could go on and on. When horror and darkness

descend, asylum seekers are the ones who get away. They are typically above average in terms of intellectual gifts, far-sightedness, motivation, and resilience. These are the people you want to have on your side. It will be a monument to our hubris if we allow ourselves to start thinking of them as a burden. CHRIS CLEAVE

UNITED NATIONS’ REFUGEE CRITERIA: The term ‘refugee’ shall apply to any person who... owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.


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Sarah Sydney is so happy to be returning to Book-It this season! Previous productions include Jesus’ Son and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Most recently, she was seen as Irina in The Three Sisters with The Seagull Project, of which she is also a company member. In Seattle, her credits include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and A Christmas Carol with ACT Theatre, The Trial with New Century Theatre Company, Antony and Cleopatra with Seattle Shakespeare Company, Undo with Annex, and she understudied for Pippi Longstocking with Seattle Children’s Theatre. Regionally, she has worked at Zach Scott Theatre, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Austin Shakespeare, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, and participated in the New York International Fringe Festival. Sydney holds an MFA in acting from the University of Texas at Austin.


Ensemble This is Connor’s first time performing in any theatre production (excluding childhood Christmas productions where he played Manger Haystack #2). He is very excited and grateful to take part in Book-It’s production of Little Bee.


Yevette / Ensemble A Seattle native and a University of Washington graduate, Elena is pleased to be making her mainstage Book-It debut in Little Bee. Previously with Book-It she played Moe Moe Bay in their arts and education touring production of Pink and Say. Her local credits include The Kentucky Cycle with Bainbridge Performing Arts, Honky with Mirror Stage, and several shows with quiet Productions.

* Member Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

† Book-It Acting Intern


Charlie Jonah is overjoyed to be back on stage at Book-It Repertory Theatre where he was last seen as Elias in Truth Like the Sun. Having the opportunity to work with such talented and supportive people once again at Book-It makes him feel like a superhero! His other adventures in theatre include classes, camps, and productions at Studio East in Kirkland and Village Theatre in Issaquah. Jonah is in the third grade at St. Louise School and is a youth reader at St. James Cathedral. In his spare time he enjoys computer programming, creative writing, and making video animations.


Little Bee Nako makes her Book-It debut in the role of Little Bee. She has lived in Seattle for two years, earning stage credits at various companies including Village Theatre, ArtsWest, Seattle Public Theater, and Balagan Theatre. She also served as vocal captain and lead singer/dancer for Carnival Cruise Lines’ Playlist Productions. Most recently, she played Grace Bradley in Seattle Public Theater’s holiday favorite, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. In addition to the stage, Nako works in film and television and can be seen in multiple national commercials. She is a freelance youth theatre director and a passionate advocate for arts education in schools. She is deeply inspired by Little Bee’s story and honored with the task of bringing it to life.

MEIKO PARTON Leader / Ensemble Like long-lost family, Meiko has been happily reunited with his love for theater. With theater homes spread like pins on a map (thanks to a military background), Meiko has had the pleasure of portraying a wide range of roles from romantic to beautifully villainous. A character of characters, Meiko is as grateful as he is proud to accept another pin, another home, and welcome another theater family into his heart. He plans to continue his growth here in Seattle and looks forward to the adventures, opportunities, and fulfillment that only theater life can offer.


Lawrence / Ensemble Most recently for Book-It, Michael played George Deasey/ Shannenhouse/ Ensemble in The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Previously for Book-It, he originated the role of Mellors in Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and appeared as Jaggers and Magwitch in Great Expectations and Reverend Wiggin in Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant. In Seattle, he has worked with New Century Theatre Company (founding company member), Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Opera, Intiman, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, and others. Regional credits include McCarter Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Huntington Theatre, Mill Mountain Theatre, Camden Shakespeare Festival, Interplayers, Tacoma Actors Guild. Film and Television credits include Prefontaine, Georgia, Highway, “Grimm,” “Leverage,” and “The Commish,” among others. Michael is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.


Andrew / Ensemble Eric is absolutely thrilled to return to the Book-It stage, where he was last seen in The Art of Racing in the Rain. Additional credits include King Lear at Seattle Shakespeare Company, Middletown at ACT Theatre, Good People (co-production) with George Street Playhouse and Seattle Rep, The Glass Menagerie at Seattle Rep, A Single Shard at Seattle Children’s Theatre, A Lie of the Mind at ACT/Collektor, The Violet Hour at Seattle Public Theater, and more. His screen credits include NBC’s “Grimm,” TNT’s “Leverage,” CBS’s “The Fugitive,” Lynn Shelton’s Laggies, and Disney’s 10 Things I Hate About You. Eric lives in Queen Anne with his wife, Jesse, and kitty, Scout.


Nigerian Guard / Ensemble Jason is proud to make his Book-It debut. Most recently he appeared in We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884 – 1915 with Pony World. He has worked with Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Oregon

Shakespeare Festival. He has previously appeared locally in productions with Seattle Shakespeare Company and their Wooden O Theatre. He obtained his MFA from the UW Professional Actor Training Program.


No Name / Ensemble Zenaida graduated with a BFA in acting from Nebraska Wesleyan University and is thrilled to make her Book-It debut. Recent roles in the Seattle area include various characters in A Gogolplex, Viola in Twelfth Night, and Mayella in To Kill a Mockingbird.


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Nkiruka / Ensemble Kaila is honored and excited to be making her mainstage debut at Book-It. Her last opportunity to work with this amazing company was portraying Wilma in their arts and education touring production of Wilma Rudolph: How Wilma Rudolph Became The World’s Fastest Woman. Towers received her BFA in theatre from Cornish College of the Arts in 2012. She was most recently seen in the role of Kate in David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People, at the newly named The Modern Theater in Spokane, Wash.




Adapter / Director As co-founder, Myra has helped Book-It produce over 100 world-premiere mainstage productions and over 30 education touring productions. Most recently she directed The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, which won the 2014 Gregory Award for Outstanding Production and received a Seattle Times 2014 Footlight Award. She directed Persuasion, Plainsong, Cry, the Beloved Country, and Sweet Thursday, and she adapted and directed The Financial Lives of the Poets, 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. 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). She has performed at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman, New City Theatre, and the Mark Taper Forum. Myra is the recipient, with Jane Jones, of a Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Anniversary grant, the 2010 Women of Influence from Puget Sound Business Journal, and was named by Seattle Times an Unsung Hero and Uncommon Genius for their 20year contribution to life in the Puget Sound region.



Sound Designer Evan is thrilled to be collaborating with Book-It for the first time. His design credits include The Flick for New Century Theatre Company; The Bells, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, and Black Comedy for Strawberry Theatre Workshop; Love Horse for Washington Ensemble Theatre; Cryptogram, Arcadia, Slip/Shot, and Slowgirl for Seattle Public Theater; Returning to Albert Joseph for Satori Group; Gruesome Playground Injuries, Red Light Winter, and 25 Saints for Azeotrope; and The Important of Being Earnest and Measure for Measure for Seattle Shakespeare Company. Evan is a founding member of art-pop band “Awesome” and a performing member of foodie-theatre company Café Nordo, which will open Nordo’s Culinarium at the former Elliott Bay Books space in Pioneer Square this spring.

Scenic Designer Will is thrilled to back with the Book-It family for this production, his second of this season. With more than a decade in theatre and nearly 100 productions under his belt, Will’s work as a scenic artist and designer has also been seen on the stages of Tacoma Musical Playhouse, ArtsWest, Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, and 14/48, among others. Will received Broadway World Seattle’s award for Best Scenic Design (Local) in 2013 for his work on Ragtime with Tacoma Musical Playhouse. He studied architecture and technical theatre at Washington State University and The University of Idaho, and now serves as the technical director and auditorium manager for Enumclaw High School, helping to foster a love of the arts in the next generation of theatre artists and patrons.


Lighting Designer Andrew is a Seattle-based lighting designer, and is pleased to be working again with Book-It, where he previously designed Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Uncensored, and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Other credits include Red Light Winter and 25 Saints with Azeotrope, Pippi Longstocking with Seattle Children’s Theatre, Intiman Summer Festival 2013, and The Seagull Project with ACT Central Heating Lab. Andrew has worked nationally at Flint Youth Theatre, Horizon Theatre Company, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Roust Theatre, and Cardinal Stage Company. He received the 2010 and 2011 Gregory Award for Outstanding Lighting Designer, as well as the 2010 Seattle Times Footlight Award. Andrew holds a BA from Duke University and an MFA from the University of Washington, where he currently teaches.

Costume Designer Since attending Motley School of Theatre Design in London, Christine has designed costumes for opera, theatre and film across the USA and Europe. She has designed for Peter Pan, The Highest Tide, and The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears at Book-It Repertory Theatre, Julius Caesar at Seattle Shakespeare Company, and The Imaginary Invalid at Portland Center for the Performing Arts. Her relationship with Rogue Opera produced Hansel and Gretel, Carousel, and Amahl and the Night Visitors. Film credits include 48hrFilm Lethal Cotillion, which screened at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, and Ryder Clan. She has worked since 1999 with Handel Festival in Göttingen, Germany.



Assistant Sound Designer Harry is pleased to be designing again with Book-It, having last worked with them on Pride and Prejudice and many touring shows for their arts and education program. Harry is a freelance sound designer, actor, and director and has worked in these disciplines at many local theaters and institutions. Local sound design credits include Twelfth Night with Seattle Shakespeare Company; Two Gentlemen of Verona with Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Wooden O Theatre; Chinglish and The Mountaintop with ArtsWest; Gideon’s Knot and Broke-ology with Seattle Public Theater; SOAPfest One-Act festival with Sandbox Artist Collective; and Othello and Julius Caesar with Seattle Shakespeare Company’s statewide tour. Harry received his BA in drama from Western Washington University.

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Stage Manager This is Will’s Book-It debut. His D.C. credits include King Hedley II, Five Guys Named Moe, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and The Mountaintop with Arena Stage; The Totalitarians, Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, Bootycandy, Clybourne Park, Maria/Stuart, and Dead Man’s Cellphone with Woolly Mammoth Theatre; Knuffle Bunny with The Kennedy Center; and And the Curtain Rises, Sunset Boulevard, Chess, and I Am My Own Wife with Signature Theatre. Will’s OffBroadway credits include Wild With Happy with The Public Theater and Perfect Harmony with Acorn Theatre. His national credits include Cleveland Play House, Alley Theatre, Gulfshore Playhouse, and West Virginia Public Theatre.


Assistant Stage Manager Xandria Barber is delighted to be joining Book-It Repertory Theatre for Little Bee. Other regional stage management credits include The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (2014, 2013) at Seattle Public Theater, The Mountaintop at ArtsWest, and Returning to Albert Joseph with The Satori Group. Assistant stage management credits include Twelfth Night with Seattle Shakespeare Company and Julius Caesar with their Wooden O Theatre. You’ll see her returning to the parks this summer for Wooden O’s As You Like It.


Dramaturg Anthea is pleased to be working with Book-It again. She has worked in Washington, Pennsylvania, and Alaska as a dramaturg, director, writer, and arts administrator. Her co-written play Bad Hamlet was an official selection of the 2011 Last Frontier Theatre Conference; more recently she worked on Book-It’s Pride and Prejudice and The Dog of the South. Her current projects include hosting a monthly community Shakespeare event, and branching into original fiction and digital media.


Dialect Coach Gin is a Harvard University/Moscow Art Theatre grad, a certified voice geek, and is very happy to be coaching another terrific Book-It show. Gin has performed in Russia, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, and England; teaches voice, voice-over, and public speaking; and can be heard on commercials, audiobooks, and a variety of video games including Undead Labs: State of Decay, DotA 2, Aion, and Halo 3 ODST.


Fight Choreographer Tom is honored to join the team of Little Bee. As an actor and fight choreographer, his work has been seen around the Puget Sound Region. For Book-It, he has choreographed the fights for Great Expectations, The Financial Lives of the Poets, and She’s Come Undone. He also played the role of Fisher in Border Songs. Other credits include Brad in Gloucester Blue at Harlequin Productions, Titus Lartius in Coriolanus with Seattle Shakespeare Company, and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew with GreenStage. 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.


Founding Co-Artistic Director See bio on page A-9.


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 27 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, Parts I and II, 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 Cyrano, 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 The Dog of the South, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Uncensored, Truth Like the Sun, 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 I and II, 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 American Union for Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s 2012 Zelda Fichandler Award.


Managing Director This past November, Daniel joined the staff of Book-It as its managing director. Most recently, he spent eight years as executive director of the Kirkland Performance Center. Prior to that, Mayer worked in a variety of arts nonprofits in the Seattle area including Photographic Center Northwest, Spectrum Dance Theater, On the Boards, Seattle Jewish Film Festival, Sand Point Arts & Cultural Exchange, The Empty Space, and the Bellevue Philharmonic. Dan returned to his hometown of Seattle 16 years ago from New York where he worked as a consultant to POZ Publishing and Condé Nast Publications and as executive director at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts for five years. Earlier, Mayer lived in Washington, D.C. where he was the executive director of artsave, an artist rights project founded by People for the American Way, a civil liberties organization founded by Norman Lear. Mayer began his legal career in Chicago as executive director of Lawyers for the Creative Arts, a pro bono legal assistance organization for artists of all genres. During this time he was also a fellow at the Office of Policy, Planning and Research at the National Endowment for the Arts. Mayer is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Claremont McKenna College, and also studied at the London School of Economics. He has taught at Columbia College in Chicago, New York University, and Columbia University School of Law; in Seattle he has been a lecturer at Cornish College of the Arts, Edmonds Community College, and the EDGE Artist Professional Development Program at Artist Trust. Mayer is the co-chair of the Arts Advisory Council of 4Culture and on the board of directors of Khambatta Dance Company and Coyote Central.




Interim Production Manager



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Properties Mananger

DAN SCHUY Interim Technical Director

Book-It Calling

ANDERS BOLANG Master Carpenter


Can we count on you for support?



special thanks to Rachel Alquist, Maggie Cheng, Deng Duot, Temie Fancy, Chris Higashi, Nike Imoru, Erin Lunde Keenan, Annie Lareau, Susan Y. Lee, Ernie Piper IV, Joey Sills, Anya Gedrath Smith, North Seattle College, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre

We are proud to announce

JESSICA JONES Sound Engineer / Sound Board Operator

During April and May, we’ll be reaching out to patrons by phone asking for your support. We love to talk with our patrons so be sure to answer your phone when you see Book-It calling!

ANNA CURTISS Wardrobe Supervisor

Book-It’s Arts & Education Program’s


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Master Electrician / Light Board Operator

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We love performing for you but ticket sales do not cover the full cost of each production. In fact ticket sales cover only half of Book-It’s expenses.

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Gala a big success!

This Year’s Honorees

Once again, the Seattle Foundation is sponsoring GiveBig, a one-day, online fundraising initiative where donors are encouraged to support their favorite organizations and gifts are stretched with Seattle Foundation donor dollars. Be sure to support Book-It on May 5 during this year’s GiveBig campaign. Read more:


Every year at our annual gala, we honor someone special to Book-It. This year’s honorees were our founding co-artistic directors, Jane Jones and Myra Platt, the ones who started it all.

1. Little green aliens shaped like toilet plungers ON STAGE


Thank you to our many supporters who made Book-It’s 25th Anniversary Gala a fantastic evening of fun and fundraising in support of our mainstage and education programming. Two hundred and ten guests helped us raise $137,000 while enjoying live Book-It performances, both silent and live auctions, and dancing to The Dusty 45s on March 7, 2015 at the Showbox. So many people who were involved with Book-It over the years were in attendance including former board members Kay Alexander, Steve Bull, Mary Anne Christy, Melissa Manning, Colette Ogle, John Platt, Sharon Prosser, Lynne Reynolds, Gail Sehlhorst, Jim Tune and Kathy Tune; and former managing directors Elizabeth Fleming, Jen Teunon, and Charlotte Tiencken. We were thrilled to toast 25 years of history with old friends and new, and look forward to sharing the next 25 years of bringing books to life with you and yours. View the gala photo gallery online



Three great actors playing the singular Billy Pilgrim

A barbershop quartet

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

Literary Legends’ Circle $75,000+

Leadership circle, cont.

Nobel Prize Circle, cont.

ArtsFund Beth McCaw & Yahn Bernier The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

The Boeing Company Sonya & Tom Campion Matthew Clapp National Endowment for the Arts Mary Pigott Ann Ramsay-Jenkins Shirley & David Urdal

Microsoft Matching Gifts Program Cheryl & Tom Oliver Deborah Parsons Christiane Pein & Steven Bull Anne Repass Shirley Roberson Martha Sidlo Colleen & Brad Stangeland Deborah Swets U.S. Bank Elizabeth Warman April Williamson

producers’ circle $10,000+

Nobel Prize Circle $1,000+

Sage Foundation Christine Sanders Martha & Donald Sands John Schaffer The Seattle Foundation Gail & John Sehlhorst Virginia Sly & Richard Wesley Mary Snapp Spark Charitable Foundation Judith Jesiolowski & David Thompson Sara Thompson & Richard Gelinas Charlotte Tiencken & Bill West Kathy & Jim Tune Ruth & Jerry Verhoff Beverly Welti & John Pehrson Judith Whetzel Williams Miller Family Foundation Patricia Wilson Margaret Winsor & Jay Hereford Christina Wright & Luther Black Wyman Youth Trust

Literary CHampions’ Circle $25,000+

4Culture City of Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Stuart Frank & Marty Hoiness Gretl Galgon Ellen & John Hill Stellman Keehnel Margaret Kineke & Dennis West Lucky Seven Foundation Nordstrom The Shubert Foundation, Inc. Drella & Garth Stein Kris & Mike Villiott Mary Ann and Robert Wiley Fund, United Way

Partners’ circle $5,000+ ArtsWA Monica Alquist Arthur N. Rupe Foundation The Boeing Gift Matching Program Joann Byrd Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Lucy Helm Holly & Bill Marklyn Michell & Larry Pihl Lynne & Nick Reynolds Steve Schwartzman & Daniel Karches

Leadership circle $2,500+ Karen Brandvick-Baker & Ross Baker Catherine Clark & Marc Jacques Carolyn & George Cox D.A. Davidson & Co. Emily Davis Caroline Feiss & Gordy Davidson Ellen & Stephen Lutz Melissa & Don Manning Ellen Maxson Mary Metastasio

Anonymous (4) All One Family Fund Emily Anthony & David Maymudes Salli & Stephen Bauer Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Elizabeth Braun Patricia Britton Sally Brunette Karen Bystrom Karen & D. Thompson Challinor Mary Anne Christy & Mark Klebanoff Amy & Matthew Cockburn Carol & Bill Collins Nora & Allan Davis Sara Elward The Ex Anima Fund Polly Feigl Elizabeth & Paul Fleming Merck Foundation Liz Harris Signy & James Hayden Mary Frances & Harold Hill Humanities Washington Pamela Johnson Jane Jones & Kevin McKeon Thomas Jones Jamie & Jeremy Joseph Debbie Killinger Lea Knight Joyce Latino & John O’Connell Peter Maunsell Anne McDuffie & Tim Wood Lisa Merrill Colette Ogle Joni Ostergaard & Will Patton Myra Platt & Dave Ellis Puget Sound Business Journal Reeya Raman Paula & Stephen Reynolds Stephen Robinson

Pulitzer Prize Circle $500+ Connie Anderson Jennifer & Russ Banham Donna & Anthony Barnett Lenore & Dick Bensinger Kathleen Best Judy Brandon & H. Randall Webb Nancy Cleveland Dorothy & Sean Corry Pamela Cowan & Steve Miller Deborah Cowley & Mark Dexter Rebecca Dietz & Michael Drumheller Julie Edsforth & Jabez Blumenthal Kim & Rob Entrop Jane & Stanley Fields Jean Gorecki Mark Hamburg Laura & Erik Hanson Phyllis Hatfield Mary Horvitz Heather Howard Joleen Hughes Hughes Media Law Group Melissa Joyce Clare Kapitan & Keith Schreiber Jacqueline Kiser Emily Krebill Marsha Kremen & Jilly Eddy Eleni Ledesma & Eric Rose Lee & Darcy MacLaren Richard Monroe Whitney & Jerry Neufeld-Kaiser

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

Pulitzer Prize Circle $500, cont.

National Book Award Circle, cont.

Pen/Faulkner Award Circle, cont.

Andrea Niculescu Glenna Olson & Conrad Wouters Cecilia Paul & Harry Reinert Sandra Perala & John Platt Judy Pigott Scott Pinckney Eleanor Moseley Pollnow & Charles Pollnow Roberta Reaber & Leo Butzel Bradley Renner Janey L. Repensek Rebecca Roe & T. A. Greenleaf Polly Schlitz Pamela & Nate Searle Charyl & Earl Sedlik Jo & Michael Shapiro Marcia & Peter Sill Margaret Silver B. Richal Smith Cassandra Tate & Glenn Drosendahl Susan Tate Cassandra & Eric Taylor Janet Vail Eddie & Marty Westerman Jean & David White Paula & Bill Whitham Bo Willsey Merrily Wyman Mary Zyskowski

Jonah, Robert, & Tami Kowal • Richard LeBlanc • Larry Lewin • Lori Eickelberg & Arni Litt • Cynthia Livak & Peter Davenport • Todd London • Craig Lorch • Stephen Lovell • Alexander Lindsey & Lynn Manley • Molly & Mike Martinez • Elaine Mathies • Ann McCurdy & Frank Lawler • Marion McGowan • Jennifer Mcintyre • Susan Mecklenburg • Christine Mosere • Paige Packman • Judd Parkin • Corliss Perdaems • Sherry Perrault • Gloria Pfeif • Olivia Pi-Sunyer • Sharon Prosser • Barbara & Daniel Radin • Doris & Charles Ray • Michelle Rebert • Paula Riggert • Beth Rutherford • Debby & Dave Rutherford • Sarah Ryan & Douglas Larson • Lena Saba • Kim & Kenneth Schiewetz • Cindi Schoettler • Frank Schumann • Schwab Charitable Fund • Diane Stark • Jenness & John Starks • Christine Stepherson • Maria Strickland • Paul Stucki • LiAnn Sundquist • Jill Sylwester • Jennifer Lee Taylor • Alan Tesler • Jennifer Teunon & Adam Smith • Cappy Thompson • Joe Casalini & Molly Thompson • Ruth Valine & Ed McNerney • Matthew Villiott • Pat Walker • Sandra Waugh • Suzanne Weaver • Kristi & Tom Weir • Gregory Wetzel • Hope & Ken Wiljanen • Shari Zehm & Kerry Thompson

Jennifer Fontaine • Denise & James Fortier • Susan Fuchs • Lori Fujimoto & Jim Simon • Kai Fujita • R. Brooks Gekler • Susan George • Mitzi Gligorea • Ann Glusker • Suzanne Goren • Patricia Graves & David Nash • Anke Gray • Laurie Greig • Jim Hamerlinck • Faith Hanna • Janet & Corina Hardin • Pamela & W.B. Harer • Jill Hashimoto • Elizabeth Hatch • Elizabeth Heath • Rebecca Herzfeld & Gordon Crawford • Rita Hibbard & Roger Neale • Diana Hice • Patricia Highet • Stephanie Hilbert • Sandy Hill • Mary Hinderliter • Julie Howe & Dennis Shaw • Cynthia Huffman • Melissa Huther • IBM Matching Grants Program • Robert Jones • Susan Jones & Christopher Monck • Kris Jorgensen • Joan Kalhorn • David Kasik • Malia & Chang Kawaguchi • Shannon Kelly • Harris & Jean Klein • Shannon Knipp • Alan Kristal • Fay Krokower • Gerald Kroon • Sandy Kubishta • Erika Larson • Molly Lawless • Nancy Lawton & Steve Fury • Judd Lees • Meredith Lehr & William Severson • Sylvia Levy • Sandy Lew-Hailer • Nancy Lomneth & Mark Boyd • Sheila Lukehart • Carol Lumb • Scott Maddock • Elizabeth Mathewson • Daniel Mayer • Susan McCloskey • Kathy McCluskey • Deirdre & Jay McCrary • Patricia H. McCreary • Jim McDermott • Morna McEachern • John & Marcie McHale • Nancy McSharry & Andy Jensen • Jeanne Metzger • Bonnie Miller • Gary Miller • Shyla Miller • Donna Miller-Parker • Marion & George Mohler • Becky Monk • Cornelia, Terry, & Tallis Moore • Milly Mullarky • Judy Niver • Pam & Scott Nolte • Laura O’Hara • Kevin O’Morrison • Timothy O’Sullivan • Sam Pailca • Susan Palmer • Donna Peha • Steve Pellegrin • Carol & Ed Perrin • Barbara Peterson • Robert Pillitteri • Anne Pipkin • Felicia Porter • Susan Porterfield • Joan & William Potter • Gordon Prouty • Andrea Ptak • Linda Quirk • Roberta & Brian Reed • Carolyn Rees • Nancy Reichley • Marcia Repaci • Jeannette Reynolds • Karen & Eric Richter • Rebecca Ripley • Roberta Roberts • Amy Robertson • Beth Rollinger • Robert Romeo • Catherine Roosevelt • Fernne & Roger Rosenblatt • Debra Rourke • Donna Sand • Betty Sanders • Donna, Carol, & Robert Saunders • Lisa Schafer • Andy Schneider • Greg Scully • Lavonne & Josh Searle • Marilyn Sherron • Mark Siano • Charly Silva • Catharine Simon Marilyn Sloan • George Smith • Warren Smith

National Book Award Circle $250+ Anonymous (4) • Mito Alfieri & Norman Cheuk • Sarah & Robert Alsdorf • Christina Amante • Dan Atkinson • Inez Noble Black • Bob Blazek • Betty Bostrom • Mary Anne Braund & Steve Pellegrin • Margaret Bullitt • Kristina Huus Campbell • Linda & Peter Capell • Sylvia & Craig Chambers • Mala Chandra • Susan Chiavelli • 4 Rudders, LLC • Susan Cotterell • Melinda Deane & Dan Wheetman • Rachel DeBusk • Dottie Delaney • Carol & Kelly Dole • David Dong • Lauren Dudley • Gayle & James Duncan • Laura Einstein • Mary Fallon • Jane Faulkner • Liz Fitzhugh & Jim Feldman • Jamie & Steve Froebe • Norman Garner • Claire Gebben • Elizabeth Gilchrist • Siobhan Ginnane • Vicki & Gerrie Goddard • Terry Graham • Laurie Griffith • Kat Hazzard • Bruce & Nancy Herbert • Lloyd Herman & Richard Wilson • Barbara Hieronymus • Chris Higashi • Carolyn Holtzen • Elizabeth Hubbard • Joyce & John Jackson • Edwin Jones • Pam Kendrick • Janine King • Mary Klubben • Karen Koon •

Pen/Faulkner Award Circle $100+ Anonymous (8) • Carole Aaron • Gary Ackerman & Robin Dearling • Douglas Adams • Lynne & Shawn Aebi • Heather Allison • Kimberly Allison • Gail Anderson • Katherine Anderson & Robert Di Pietrae • Marjorie Anderson • Virginia Anderson • Cinnimin Avena • Kendall & Sonia Baker • Jo Ann Bardeen • Mary & Doug Bayley • Deb Bigelow • Lindsay & Tony Blackner • Gina Breukelman • Rebecca Brewer • Vibeke Brinck • Don Brown • Jonathan Buchter • Rachel & David Bukey • Barbara Buxbaum • Michela Carpino • Casey Family Programs • Joyce Chase • David & Marilyn Chelimer • Carl Chew • Jack Clay • Catherine Clemens • Harriett Cody & Harvey Sadis • Susan Connors & Eric Helland • Kay & Garry Crane • Amy Curtis • Kate Curtis • Chas DeBolt • Sandra & Paul Dehmer • Richard Detrano • Susan Dyer • Jeremy Eknoian Judith Endejan • Marilyn Endriss • Joyce Erickson • Judith Erickson • Constance Euerle • Laura Fischetti • Sarah Fleming

Pen/Faulkner Award Circle, cont.

O. Henry Award Circle, cont.

in-kind donors, Cont.

Diane Snell • Janice & Pat Strand • Streamline Consulting, LLC • Amy Sweigert • Gail Tanaka • Anne Terry • Catherine Thayer • Richard Thorvilson • Jennifer Tice • Grace Urdal • John Urdal • Eugene Usui • Marcia Utla • Elizabeth Valentine • Karen Van Genderen • Roxann Van Wyk • Pieter Vandermeulen • Jorie Wackerman • Colin Wagoner • Todd Warren • Jerry Watt • Jennifer Weis • Julie Weisbach • Laurie Wenzel • Dan Whalen • Sara White • Chelene Whiteaker • Margaret Whittemore • Jane Wiegenstein • Melinda Williams • John Wilson • Lauren Wilson • Mary Wilson & Barry Boone • Elana Winsberg • Michael Winters • Jodie Wohl & Richard Hert • Kim R. York • Sherri & Daniel Youmans • Juliet Ziegler

Amy Olsson • Janice O’Mahony • Julia Paulsen • Annie Pearson & Jacyn Stewart • Susan Petitpas • Carolita Phillips • Wilson Platt • Kim Port • Marion Reed • Mildred Renfrow • Ginger Rich • Carla Rickerson • Virginia & Thomas Riedinger • Jo Ann Roberts • Michele Ruess • David Rush • Jennifer Russell • Joshua Ryder • Patricia Rytkonen & William Karn • Rebecca Sadinsky • Deanna & Bo Saxbe • Julie Schoenfeld • Heidi Schor • B. Charlotte Schreiber • Sally Sheck • Audrey & John Sheffield • Linda Snider • Barbara Spear • Dale Stammen • Dana Standish & Noah Seixas • Julie Stohlman • Sheila Striegl • Constance Swank • Deborah Torgerson • Jonna Ward • Doug Weese • Dorothy Wendler • Cristina Wenzl • Christopher Wiggins • Kim Winward • Kathy Young • Sam Zeiler

Steve Schwartzman • Pacific Science Center • Seattle Art Museum • Seattle Arts & Lectures • Seattle Children’s Museum • Seattle Children’s Theatre • Seattle International Film Festival • Seattle Repertory Theatre • Seattle Shakespeare Company • Seattle Theatre Group • Seattle7Writers • Jenny Shortridge • Preston Singletary • The Sitting Room • Richard Sloniker • Something Silver • Sound Brewery • St. Clouds Food & Spirits • Storiarts • Studio A Photography • Deborah Swets • Taproot Theatre • Taylor Shellfish Farms • Terry Tazioli/ TVW • Ten Mercer • Sara Thompson & Richard Gelinas • Tom Douglas Restaurants • Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge • Town Hall • The Triple Door • Turgeon Raine • University Book Store • Unstill Life • UW World Series • Vashon Allied Arts • Village Theatre • Kristine Villiott • Virginia Mason Medical Center • Vittles • Volterra • West of Lenin • Woodhouse Wine Estates • Woodland Park Zoo

O. Henry Award Circle $50+ Anonymous (4) • Marilee Amendola • Amgen Foundation • Anne & Roger Baker • Anne Banks • Rebecca Barnett & Roger Tucker • Susan Bean • Brook Becker • Beth & Benjamin Berman • Colleen Bernier • Michael Betts & Klint Keys • Ellen Bezona & Shawn Baz • John Bigelow • John Bortnem • Crai Bower • Bridge Partners, LLC • Carolyn Burger • Zimmie Caner • Diana & Chuck Carey • Tracy Chellis • Deborah Christensen • Greta Climer • Frank Cohee • Samantha Cooper • Susan Corzatte • Maureen Crawford • Margaret Curtin • Claudette Davison • Terence DeHart • Nancy Dirksen • Ellen Downey • Andi Duncan • Betty Eberharter • Karen Elledge • Nancy Ellingham • Brent Enarson • Judi Finney • Mary Ellen Flanagan • Susan Ford • Nina Gerbic • Carla Granat & Stephen Smith • Jake Greenberg • Scott Guettinger • Shuko Hashimoto • Kate Hemer • Karyn Henry • Kate Hokanson • Rebecca Hsia • Zhen Huang • Beatrice Hull • Heather Hutchinson • Alison Inkley • Wendy Jackson • Michael Johnson • Gil Joynt • Trina Kauf-Jones • Jim Kelly • Vicki & James King • Shirley Knight • Mary Catherine Kolb • David Krakora • Barb & Art Lachman • Jo Anne Laz • Teri J. Lazzara • Shawn LeValley • Bonnie Lewman • Madalene Lickey • Erika Lim • Robert Lowe • Cecilia Matta • Eile McClellan • Ellen Mills • Kathleen Moore • Mark Morgan • Susan Mozer • Donna Murphy • Betty Ngan & Tom Mailhot • Martha Noerr & Jeff Keane • Nancy & Stephen Olsen

in-kind donors 5th Avenue Theatre • ACT Theatre • Alaska Distributors • Rachel Alquist • The Art Bank • Banya 5 Urban Spa • Beneath the Streets • Bill & Holly Marklyn • Blue Highway Games • Bluewater Taco Grill • Bookwalter Winery • Karen Brandvick-Baker & Ross Baker • Brimmer & Heeltap • Lorie Britton • Patricia Britton • Sally Brunette • Joann Byrd • Sam Crannell/Lloyd Martin • Irish Reels Film Festival • DeLille Cellars • Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley • Eltana • EMP Museum • Ethan Stowell Restaurants • Firesteed Cellars • Flying House Productions • Jocelyne Fowler • Fox’s Gem Shop • Stuart Frank • Fundamental Nutrition • Gage Academy of Art • El Gaucho • The Heathman Hotel, Kirkland • Hilliard’s Beer • Tom Hoffmann • Homewood Suites, Seattle Downtown • Hotel 1000 • Icicle Creek Center for the Arts • Margaret Kineke • Kimberly King • Jo Anne Laz • Eleni Ledesma & Eric Rose • The Living Desert Xoo and Gardens • Steve Loeb • LT Nails • Daniel Mayer • Christine & Sandy McDade • Mediterranean Inn • MOHAI • Cheryl & Tom Oliver • On The Boards • OOLA Distillery • Pacific Northwest Ballet • Palisade • Michael Patten • Myra Platt • Poquito’s • Puget Sound Business Journal • Queen Anne Book Company • Queen Anne Olive Oil • David Quicksall • Ray’s Boathouse • Anne Repass • Lynne Reynolds • Rhein Haus • Shirley Roberson • Stephen Robinson • Perennial Tea Room • The Royal Room • Schilling Cider •

Gifts in Honor & memory The Book-It Babes in memory of Ivan Doig John Hirschel in honor of Tom Oliver’s birthday Polly Schlitz, Blake Wilson, and Patricia Wilson in honor of Myra Platt’s birthday Deborah Swets in memory of Jack Slater Caren L. Toney in memory of Willis Strange

This list reflects gifts received February 1, 2014 – March 20, 2015. Book-It makes every attempt to be accurate with our acknowledgements. Please email Development Associate Leslie Witkamp at with any changes.


book-it staff Jane Jones

Myra Platt

Founder & Founding Co-Artistic Director

Daniel Y. Mayer

Founding Co-Artistic Director


marketing & communications

Josh Aaseng

Managing Director


Board of Directors

Patricia Britton

Bill Whitham Bookkeeper

Stuart Frank, President

Anthea Carns

Shannon Loys


Thomas Oliver, Vice-President

Lindsay Carpenter

Dana Masters

Literary Manager

Director of Marketing & Communications

Gavin Reub

Casting Associate

Publications & Media Manager

Literary & Artistic Intern

Interim Technical Director

Patron Services


Anders Bolang

Dana Masters

Scene Shop Manager

House Manager

Annie DiMartino

Director of Education

Jocelyne Fowler

Tom Dewey

Costume Shop Manager

Box Office Manager

Katie McKellar Tour Manager

Elizabeth Stasio

Haley Alaji

Stage Management Intern

Box Office Associate

Amelia Reynolds

Education Intern

Ali Rose Schultz

Nikita Ares

Costume Shop Intern

Box Office Associate

Ana Duenas



Box Office Associate

Sally Brunette

Adam Smith Photography Alan Alabastro Photography Chris Bennion Photography John Ulman Photography The Makeup Session Robert Thornburgh, Custodian Tom Wahl, IT Support

Anna Heinen

Director of Development

Box Office Associate

Leslie Witkamp

Amelia Reynolds

Development Associate

Box Office Associate

Anna Strickland

Interim Production Manager

Dan Schuy

Publications Intern

Literary & Artistic Intern

Bryan Burch

Development Intern


Kristine Villiott, Treasurer CPA, Minar and Northey LLP

Shirley Roberson, Secretary

Senior Associate, Hughes Media Law Group

Monica Alquist

Director of Events & Special Projects, Puget Sound Business Journal

Ross Baker

Public Policy Director, Virginia Mason Medical Center

Joann Byrd

Journalist & Editor, Retired

Jane Jones

Founder & Founding Co-Artistic Director, Book-It

Margaret Kineke

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

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Mary Metastasio

Senior Portfolio Manager, Safeco, Retired


Myra Platt

2010 Mayor’s Arts Award-winner, recipient of the 2012 Governor’s Arts Award and the 2014 Inaugural Sherry Prowda Literary Champion Award, Book-It Repertory Theatre began 27 years ago as an artists’ collective, adapting short stories for performance and touring them throughout the Northwest. The company incorporated as a non-profit in 1990. Today, with over 100 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.

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Community Leader

Founding Co-Artistic Director, Book-It

David Quicksall

Independent Theatre Artist & Teacher

Anne Repass

Community Leader

Stephen Robinson

158 Thomas Street, Seattle, WA 98109


Steven Schwartzman

Attorney, U.S. Postal Service, Western Area Law Department

Deborah Swets

V.P. for Membership, Washington State Hospital Association









Elizabeth J. Warman

Director Global Corporate Citzenship, NW Region, The Boeing Company