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.