eSe Taller/eSe Workshop:The Art of Performing Text in the Book-It Style by Myra Platt

07 Mar

ImageeSe Teatro presents the first in a series of professional training workshops for theatre artists called: eSe Taller/eSe Workshops.

This eSe Taller/eSe Workshop is geared towards actors and directors, and teaches techniques of performing text written in the 3rd person, delivering narration as dialogue, and finding character action in a literary text.  One of the pillars of the Seattle theatre industry, Myra Platt has used this technique to adapt and direct many novels for the stage for Book-It Repertory Theatre.

Book-It Repertory Theatre has created and refined this unique style of producing theatre, putting books on stage, which has become a Seattle staple.  Book-It has produced more than 90 world-premiere adaptations of literature, including the huge sell-out hit “Cider House Rules. Myra Platt is Founding Co-Artistic Director with Jane Jones since its inception.  

Book-It creates world-premiere adaptations of classic and contemporary literature for the stage, preserving the narrative text as it is spoken, not by a single “narrator” but as dialogue by the characters in the production. This technique was developed over the last 20 years and continues to be developed by Book-It artists led by Founding Co-Artistic Directors, Jane Jones and Myra Platt. Performing books instead of plays allows the Book-It theatre experience to spark the audience’s interest in reading and to challenge the audience to participate by using their imaginations. Book-It’s unique style of acting and adapting books is trademarked, known as the Book-It Style.  All adaptations are copyrighted.

In 2008, The Seattle Times feted Co-Artistic Directors Jane Jones and Myra Platt with an Unsung Heroes and Uncommon Genius award describing Book-It as a “Seattle treasure” and co-Artistic Director, Jane Jones, was honored with a Brava Award from the Women’s University Club of Seattle for her outstanding contributions to the community.

2012 Governor’ s Arts Award-winner and 2010 Mayor’s Arts Award-winner, Book-It Repertory Theatre was founded 24 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 full-length novels to its creditmany of which have garnered rave reviews and gone on to subsequent productions all over the countryBook-It is widely respected for the consistent artistic excellence of its work.

Book-It Repertory Theatre is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming great literature into great theatre through simple and sensitive production and to inspiring its audiences to read.

Book-It Repertory Theatre’s vision is to be a nationally-known theatre arts center where Book-It’s partnership of theatre, literature and education nourishes literacy and the artistic vitality of our community.

Workshop will be held at Washington Hall (153 14th Ave, Seattle, 98122) on Monday, March 25th, 2013 from 6:30-8:30pm. Limit of 15 participants – $30/each tuition. Please register online HERE.

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